Life is busy and sometimes finding time to get to a yoga class doesn’t always fit into your schedule. Maybe when it’s cold or rainy you may just not feel like fighting traffic or parking. Or perhaps you spend a good deal of time traveling and you are finding it difficult to get into a yoga routine. I get it! I have 3 children at home and I often find my mom and chauffeur duties interfere with me getting to a yoga class. Whatever your situation or even if you do attend yoga classes regularly, there are many benefits to starting a home practice. Your home yoga practice can be any length of time. If you don’t have time to do an hour class, start with 20-minute sessions. You can practice solo which can help you go inward and not compare yourself to others. A home practice is very economical. It’s free! You can adjust your practice to suit your needs of the day and what time of day works well for you. Some days you may feel like just meditating. The options are endless so just grab a mat and practice where you are.

Find a quiet spot where you are free from distractions. You don’t need a yoga studio in your home. Just pick an open spot, maybe even a room with a window and a great view. Feel free to change it up like moving your practice outside one day.

Pick a time of day that works best for you. Some people prefer starting their morning with yoga and other people prefer to end the day with a practice. If the middle of the day is what works with your schedule, then embrace it. There is no right or wrong here, just get on the mat… GOTM!

Put it on your calendar. Schedule your yoga time just as you would a meeting. It’s hard to fit in a practice if you fill up your days and then expect your yoga to work around it. Mark it down and stick to it.

If you have props like a yoga block, strap, and blanket have that ready and available. You can always use books instead of blocks and a bathrobe belt instead of a yoga strap. Be creative.

Start by sitting or lying down and centering yourself with breathing. Give yourself a few minutes before your practice to just breathe and quiet the mind. You can play music or enjoy the silence. Begin to move and stretch. You can create your own sequence at home that encompasses what you need.

If you prefer to follow an instructor, you can check out exercise TV from your cable provider. There are many yoga DVDs available to purchase or you can use an app on your phone. If you want to use your computer there are many options. Some of these sites are completely free and others charge for the classes. One thing is for sure, there are plenty of options available to inspire, so no more excuses. GOTM!

Online Yoga:

Yoga Apps:

Down Dog
Pocket Yoga
Daily Yoga
Yoga Studio