Yoga doesn’t need to be done in a studio for $14 an hour. The beauty of yoga is that it can be done right in your own home for free. While yoga classes are nice sometimes because you can pick up great tips and techniques, the best yoga is done at your own pace in a quiet place where you can really get deep into yourself and your asanas.
In the east where yoga is more traditional, yoga practices are much quieter with meditation and prayer. Many of the masters who originated yoga practiced yoga in caves and alone in the forest. The traditional ways of practicing yoga are much different than some of our popular western studios with music, fast paced sun salutations and “power yoga”. Home practices can be a nice experience and really allow a person more depth in and connection in their yoga routine.
One way to develop a beginner home yoga routine is with videos. Some videos are better than other so you may have to try a few before you find a style or series that fits your preferred method of yoga. Many local libraries have videos that you can check out for free including basic yoga routines. Most video rental stores also have yoga videos you can rent. If you find one you like they might have a series of them. Videos can get boring after several repetitions, but they can be a great way for a beginner to start a yoga routine at home. Videos are also beneficial because you can pause and work on certain asanas for long periods. Once you are familiar with flows and different asanas, you may even add your own asanas to the routines.
Another way to make great yoga routines at home is by using a good yoga book that has courses in it. This can be a little harder because you don’t have a live person or a video to guide you through the routines, but for the more advance to intermediate yoga student, this can be a good way to go. As with most subjects, yoga has many poorly written books with little content. Take your time looking at books and choose a good one with decent content and routines that fit both the level of yoga you are comfortable with and a style you enjoy.
One of the best books available is Light on Yoga by BK S Iyengar. This book has over 544 pages and a good sized section of asana routines that would take years to perfect. With a good book like this, you can layout home yoga routines from beginner asanas to very advanced asanas. This book could literally provide a person with a lifetime of study and home yoga practices.
The best home yoga practices and routines take bits and pieces from all different places. You can learn yoga from classes, videos or books and then apply them to your own lessons and routines that you have created. This allows you to focus on exploring and expanding yourself at your own special pace. By practicing yoga by yourself, you can truly experience the full mental, spiritual and physical benefits of yoga.