Things to keep in mind while doing Yoga at Home.

Things to keep in mind while doing Yoga at Home.

One of the main advantages of being a yoga practitioner is to be able to perform it practically anywhere. And the best of all is at home: no hurry, distractions, schedule and no pressure to "compete" with other people. As simple as it sounds, the practice requires some basic care before playing on the rug in the middle of the room.

Understand the philosophy of yoga.

Although it is an activity that brings many benefits to physical and mental health, it goes far beyond that. It is a philosophy of life, a way of thinking and seeing the world. "All styles bring our mindfulness to the present moment and the awareness inward, to have a better perception of our feelings, thoughts and actions. The intention is to bring comfort to the body, calm to the mind and peace to the spirit, "explains Camila Reitz, yoga teacher and course 'Hatha Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation in Motion', Namu Courses.

Choose a style to call your own.

Find the one that most suits your needs and goals. "There are smoother practices for the body, others that work more the meditative part and those that contain body and mind purification exercises," says Camila. In the more dynamic option, such as Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, the teacher explains that intense body movements are worked out, with the integration of breathing into a fluid and energizing practice. "At the end of the practice you feel total relaxation of body and mind."

The best way to know these styles and choose one is to practice. That way you learn not only the movements but to discover what is your “vibe”.


A rug, a sash and a towel are all you need.

Of course there are people who do not mind the materials, but the teacher advises to keep these three items whenever you practice. The mat, also called yoga mat, is your main support for postures while the track does the extra times as well as the towel - great for wiping away the sweat.


"The carpet should have the minimum standard size of 60cm wide by 1,70m long. I suggest that the practitioner acquire a rug that has good durability, because this will be his space to practice for a long time, "advises Camila.

Focus on doing the correct posture - and do not try to take an incredible photo of the acrobatics.

We know the photos are very incredible and they show a lot of potential, but for those who are starting, it is best to take it easy. This is because the practice involves a whole body notion important, making the attention is absolutely directed to every bit of it.


According to the teacher, one of the main mistakes is to do the posture with isolated parts of the body, activating only a few muscles instead of using it whole, thus leaving certain joints overloaded. "The Asanas, the psychophysical postures, are performed with the whole conscious body and the presence of the mind in the present moment. Practicing in this way is very difficult to get hurt, "he says.


Be patient and listen to your body: if it hurts or is difficult to stay in some position, do not insist. Limits are part of bodily intelligence and avoid injury, however much the anxiety of appearing to be the "goddess of yoga" is too great. And it's really cool - what's not cool is you get hurt all over the way.

Look for expert-assembled routines.

For those who want to start now, it is best to ask a teacher for the exercises, as well as ask for help in setting up your own. "There are many ways to practice and set up a routine that is appropriate to personal needs is not so simple. This requires experience and knowledge of the techniques. It is important to consult a teacher or use a methodology already ready ", warns the teacher.

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Also because some postures and breathing exercises may have contraindications, which only a professional can pass you. "Just as the difference between the remedy and the poison is the dose, the practice of Yoga can also be a poison in the wrong dose," he warned.


Maintain a routine (just like any other activity).

The advantage of doing at home is that you do not have to go to the gym or you risk losing class time if you leave after work. In addition, yoga can be practiced every day, alternating one day with more intensity and another with less, as the teacher indicates. "But if I cannot practice every day, I suggest that you do not go for three days without practicing. So the results of practice are not lost and you are building a safe practice that will bring you excellent results. "


Film your routines to identify possible mistakes.

Although the mirror seems to be a great ally, it can take away your concentration from the moment and mess up more than helping. "A good way to analyze and study if we are practicing correctly is to film and then watch. Thus we can perceive frequent errors of execution in the postures ". But the teacher makes an alert: "This should not be a rule - it should only be used as a tool to make autocorrections."


Include meditation in your daily life, in addition to yoga.

The benefits of this practice are incredible, especially for those who suffer from insomnia and depression. Camila states that it can be performed before or after the exercise routine. "I particularly like to meditate after practicing postures, because I feel my body more prepared and my mind more focused."

Prefer to start early.

Each body has its best time to practice physical exercises, regardless of the modality. However, if you choose to do yoga in the morning, you may notice the changes throughout the day. Often this is not possible, so practice can happen at other times of the day. The important thing is to practice and receive the benefits of this practice.




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