5 Tips to Teach Yourself Yoga

The back-to-nature eco-friendly cultural sways of the late 1960s and early 1970s pushed yoga into the forefront of the mainstream with the help of the arrival of Yogi Bhajan, who brought Kundalini Yoga to the sunny west coast in California. Bhajan went on to teach more than 8,000 classes and his teachings are still practiced today.

The health benefits and relaxation techniques offered through the practice of yoga have inspired many A-list celebrities to adopt yoga into their lives including supermodel Giselle Bundchen, actress Michelle Williams, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Lady Gaga and, of course, Madonna. Yoga in the 21st century is a booming practice that has blossomed into a multi-billion dollar business encompassing more than 20 million practitioners.

Yoga has even expanded its reach into the fashion trends of consumers across the globe with the popularity of yoga pants as athleisure wear. The yoga fashion explosion even inspired the U.K.’s Daily Mail to ask the question: “Are yoga pants the new jeans?”

Despite the on-trend status of yoga, the fact remains that the practice of forms of yoga offers great benefits to practitioners. Yoga promotes flexibility, helps set the mind at ease and facilitates relaxation.  Everyone can benefit from yoga’s teachings and poses. Busy parents can even practice yoga at home.

Becoming a yogi does not require a bottomless bank account or an adherence to certain doctrines or dogma. Enjoy the health benefits of an age-old practice by learning yoga at home. Try these five tips to be the best stay-at-home yogi:

1. Basics are best for beginners

Yoga’s poses vary in difficulty, from easy positions that everyone can mimic to more detailed contortionist moves that are best left to be taught in a professional studio. Beginners should start with basic and simple poses meant to introduce a new yogi to the practice. Some of the best basic poses include the Cat Pose, the Bridge Pose and the Easy Plow Pose. Yoga.com offers videos that provide easy instructions for each beginner pose.

2. Online classes take studio time into the home

in virtual yoga classes to transform the bedroom or living room into a personal yoga studio. Many companies now offer online courses to teach yoga instruction from the comfortable confines of home. Many individuals feel awkward learning a new sport or practice, so online courses are an easy and convenient way to learn yoga without feeling frazzled with others around.

3. Yogis make house calls

In some major cities, yoga instructors will come to your house to offer private instruction. Call local studios to find out if at-home instruction is an option.

4. Free YouTube lessons

What isn’t available on YouTube? For an easy and inexpensive option to learn yoga at home, log on to YouTube and search “yoga for beginners.” There are a wide variety of free videos that offer a great yoga workout.

5. Dress comfortably

Practicing yoga at home means that practitioners need to dress in clothing that promotes flexibility. Invest in comfortable yoga pants, a breathable t-shirt or sports bra. Go barefoot and don’t forget a yoga mat if practicing on a slippery or rough surface.

While yoga has become a deeply-rooted part of 21st century pop culture—even influencing the fashion industry—the practice offers numerous benefits to the body and the mind. Yoga’s poses encourage and promote flexibility, and the mindful breathing techniques used during yoga encourage relaxation. Discover yoga’s benefits in the comfort of home and help guide the mind and body to wellness. 

About the Author

Cassie Brewer is a health professional in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys writing about her passion (healthy living of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping other be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on Twitter @Cassiembrewer