Working out from home might not be as exciting as your usual gym class or workout, but it’s the next best thing when self-isolating or on lockdown. Whether you’ve got 45 minutes or just 5 to spare, we’ve rounded up our top tips for practising yoga without actually having to leave the house, from products to playlists and more.
Setting the mood:
- Turn your notifications off, or leave your phone in another room.
- Find a space in your home free from clutter and distraction, anywhere from your living room to your bedroom. Remember, there is no perfect space. It’s all about your internal mindset.
- Up your vibe game. Try setting the mood by lighting incense or a candle to heighten your senses for a more relaxing session.
- Grab your mat. We have a whole range of NO KA ‘OI coloured mats available to order online now.
- Turn up your speaker. If you like practising or working out to music, we’ve curated the perfect Spotify playlist for you. Check it out here.
Getting down to it:
- Loosen up and stretch it out. Assess what your body needs exactly, and go from there.
- Decide what you want to achieve. Do you want to de-stress after a heavy week or zone out through meditation?
- The joy of yoga at home is that it runs at your own personal pace. You decide what positions, elements and styles you get to practice.
- If you’re practising without a teacher, start with a short simple routine and memorise the steps.
- If you’re seeking guidance, try an app or stream an online class.
Types of yoga to consider:
1. Vinyasa Yoga - linking breath with movement. The postures are usually done in a flowing sequence, or "vinyasa flow." The fluid movements can be memorised and done as a moving meditation, almost like a dance.
2. Ashtanga Yoga - Ashtanga means “eight limbs” and encompasses a yogic lifestyle. Like Vinyasa yoga, the Ashtanga yoga asanas (postures) synchronise breath with movement as you move through a series of postures.
3. Iyengar Yoga - Iyengar yoga is named after B.K.S. Iyengar, a famous yogi from India, popularised in the West about the same time as Ashtanga yoga.
4. Bikram Yoga - consists of the same twenty-six yoga postures and two breathing exercises. It is ninety minutes long and done in a room that is 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity.
5. Jivamukti Yoga - incorporates Sanskrit chanting, Pranayama, and movement (Asanas), with a theme or lesson for each class, blending physical with spiritual exercise.
6. Power Yoga - an active approach to the traditional Hatha yoga poses.
7. Sivananda Yoga - based on the five yogic principles: proper breathing, relaxation, diet, exercise, and positive thinking.
8. Yin Yoga - Yin yoga is a meditative practice that allows your body to become comfortable in a pose without doing any work (strength). If Yang is active, then Yin is passive, meaning the muscles are allowed to relax with gravity and rest.
There are many more types and styles of yoga practices, and each one is unique. Try them out and see what works for you. When you find your style, stick with it, and make it an active part of your lifestyle.