The at Home Yoga Practice
When I first started practicing yoga it started with an at home yoga video on YouTube. It was a 30 day yoga challenge. Then the next morning I rolled out my mat again and did day two. Then day three, then four, and so on. The next thing I knew I was completely hooked.
Where to start
I think the best place to start when you’re trying out yoga for the first time is doing slow vinyasa flows and practices. These tend to focus more on your breathing which is a big key in your practice and being able to utilize it will help you in the future. It also will teach you the proper form for everything and because of it being slow it’ll be a lot easier to keep up with! One of my favorite online yoga instructors to start with is Yoga with Adriene. I have so much love for her and her practice. She makes it fun and keeps it up beat while also teaching you the basics and proper form to perfect your practice. Coming to your mat everyday will be so easy when you’re following her videos.
These are some of my favorite practices by Adriene:
Yoga for strength
So you’ve got the basics down and now you’re ready for more trust me I know I’ve been there. To have so much energy and needing a release for it. Yoga is extremely versatile which has to be one of the main reasons I love it. There’s mental, physical, and emotional benefits to the practice that you’ll see and feel instantly as you step on your mat.
But this morning you woke up ready to get your body moving and get the ball rolling. You want to feel the power that comes with yoga. Welcome to power yoga classes. These are one of my absolute favorite classes to take because I love being able to use yoga as mindful moving meditation while also using it as a workout.
these are some of my favorite power yoga videos!
Making Advances in your practice
So you’ve got the basics down and you’ve gained some strength from your practice and you’re ready to keep growing and you can feel your body needing more. Every month or so is when I feel ready to up my game. I can feel myself getting stronger and my practices getting easier everyday. This is how I decide when I’m ready to advance by completely listening to my body. So really listen to your body when deciding what you’re ready for a what yoga level you are at.
My favorite place to go for intermediate to advanced yoga practices is Alo Yoga. I have been watching their flows the most lately as that is what I align with most at this stage in my practice. They has an endless and large variety of yoga flows that you are for sure to find one that sounds up your ally for that day. These flows do tend to be a little bit more challenging and will definitely get your heart rate up and your muscles burning!
These are some of my favorite alo flows!
Following your flow
This is the stage that I feel I resonate most with at the moment. I have been practicing yoga for maybe a year and a half now and I’ve watched endless amount of online yoga classes. People ask me probably every other day what yoga classes I take or where but I’ve never even been to a yoga class in person. I think this just shows that you don’t need to spend a lot of money or go to a ‘real’ class in order to grow your practice!
Every morning when I roll out my mat I sit down take 5 or 10 minutes to meditate and set my intention for my practice. From there I just move my body. I do what feels right for me in the moment. I stretch what needs it most or focus on strength where I feel I’m lacking it. It feels amazing to move intuitively and mindfully and being able to create your own flow completely catered to your needs every morning.
I’ve recently started posting my own yoga practices on my YouTube channel because I know how much they have helped me grow and I wanna be able to do that same thing for others!