How to Start Yoga at Home for Beginners | New Year 30 Day Yoga Challenge | Day 3

by Melissa West on January 3, 2018

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How to Start Yoga


For the third day of our 30 day yoga challenge for the new year we are talking about starting yoga at home if are a beginner yoga student. If you are brand new to yoga, I will take you step by step through how to start yoga at home for beginners. We will begin by going through the different styles of yoga from power yoga, vinyasana yoga, ashtanga yoga, kundalini yoga, hatha yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga, and yoga nidra. From there I will address common issues like creating a yoga space, getting your props together and choosing a time of day to practice. I will also recommend some YouTube videos to practice yoga at home so you can do yoga for beginners when you are just starting out.

So you are new to yoga and you want to know how to start yoga at home.

Choose Your Style

The first thing would be to choose the style of yoga that is going to best suite you. There are lots of different styles of yoga and you can choose the style that is going to best suit your personality. I am going to stick with the styles that you will find online since you will be practicing at home.

Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa flow and Power yoga are an athletic and active exercise style of yoga that move through a series of postures with movement and breath. You will get a cardiovascular workout with these kinds of classes.

Kundalini Yoga is a style of yoga that combines breathwork, vigorous movements and chanting in sets of exercises called kriyas. It is quite a powerful devotional style of yoga designed to raise the energy from the base of the spine up to the crown.

Hatha Yoga is a style of yoga that I teach. It combines standing postures with ground postures. Ha stands for sun and tha stands for moon. It is quite a balancing style of yoga which focuses on bringing harmony between the stimulating and active energies in our bodies with the quiet, nurturing, restorative energy of our bodies.

Restorative yoga is another style that I teach. This style of yoga is deeply rejuvenating and wonderful for stress and anxiety. It uses a lot of props though such as bolsters, blankets and blocks, so if you are new to yoga this may be an obstacle, however, you can usually make your own props using pillows and blankets that you have around your house.

I also teach yin yoga. This is another deeply nourishing and restorative style of yoga that holds the postures for about 5 minutes to affect the deeper connective tissues, joints and bones of the body. This style of yoga focuses on the traditional chinese meridians as well as mindfulness as a central part of its practice. It is a deeply meditative style of yoga.

Another style that I will be teaching a lot more of in 2018 is yoga nidra. It is a style of yoga that puts you into a conscious sleep that is more restful than sleep itself. It is a powerful meditation technique is incredibly rejuvenating for your physical, mental and emotional body. If you are exhausted and I know many of you are, then this is a style of yoga that you do not want to ignore. Think of it as the most powerful power nap you can take.

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If you are looking for Vinyasa Flow, Power or Ashtanga I would recommend my friends and fellow online yoga instructors Christina of Chriska Yoga, Anita Goa of Goa Flow, Maris Aylward of Yoga Upload, or O´M Yoga with Mary O´Meara

Once you decide what style to practice and now that you have a few recommendations, load up your youtube playlist and you are off to your yoga mat. 🙂

Clear your space

Once you have decided on what style of yoga to follow, the next the I would recommend is to clear a space in your home. You do not have to have a yoga room. In fact a hallway can work just fine. I practiced in my front hall for a number of years. I have gradually migrated into my living room. Just find a space where you will be able to lie down, stand up, move your arms and legs around and preferably have access to a wall.

Get Your Props Together

The next thing I like to do is to get all your props in one place. Put your yoga mat, strap, blocks, bolster, blanket, eye pillow, and everything you are going to need for your yoga class in the space that you are going to be practicing. If you are going to be practicing at home you are probably going to want to figure out how to follow online videos, so either grab a laptop, cell phone, tablet, or figure out how you can watch youtube videos on your TV.

Find a time

I will be talking about the best time of day to practice yoga in a future video in this 30 day challenge series, but basically, the best time of day to practice yoga is the time that best fits into your schedule. Maybe it is before work, maybe it is after work. For years, the best time of day for me was when I put my daughter down for her afternoon nap. I was guaranteed to get my uninterrupted practice in at that time. Find a time that you won´t be interrupted or rushed and then keep that appointment with yourself.

Have fun and practice

So now you have figured out what style of yoga you like to practice, you have found the classes on youtube, you have cleared a space, you have got all your props together and you have found your perfect time. All that is left is to press play on that Yoga YouTube video and have fun. Don´t forget to like those yoga youtube videos and leave your comments for those yoga youtube instructors. We sure do appreciate it.

Thanks so much for watching today. Say hi if you do decide to do my beginner 31 day challenge. I will see you tomorrow for the rest of the New Year 30 Day Challenge. Remember to leave a star in the comments if you are new to yoga 🙂

Namaste, Melissa

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