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How to do Yoga at Home

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The benefits of yoga are far too many to be listed in a single article. The benefits of doing yoga at home however, are easy to mention. While it is always recommended to take an experienced teacher’s help or to join a yoga class there is absolutely no harm in doing it at home by yourself. Some people feel more comfortable and at home when they are alone, and for them practising yoga alone, at home is the best option.

Yoga is practiced for many reasons – for burning calories, for building muscles, for the spiritual cleansing of your body and also to get better acquainted with your body and its needs. So your first objective is to determine what your objective is. Find out the reason why you want to start practicing yoga at home.

Once you have set your goals, it’s time to achieve them. Your first task is to create a serene environment. Yoga cannot be done somewhere where there is a lot of noise or pressure on your mind. There are many ways to ensure the tranquillity of your environment. You can use herbs like sage to cleanse the room’s aura. You can put on soothing soft music or even use aroma oils!

Your next task is to get hold of the paraphernalia. The only paraphernalia that yoga requires however is a yoga mat. Yoga mats are easily available in most grocery stores and are thus not difficult to acquire. Once you’ve got yourself a yoga mat unfold and place it on the floor of your tranquil setting.

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Now if you’re an experienced yoga teacher you might not need outside help. However if you are a complete novice, you might want to buy Yoga CDs or use online yoga classes, to guide yourself. While some yoga exercises are fairly simple and aimed at soothing your mind, others are designed to stretch your muscles and burn calories. Keeping your goal in mind, select your exercises.

If you are following a routine from a yoga teaching video or CD, you needn’t do anything additional. If however, you have formed your own routine, you might want to start with a little meditation or breathing exercises. Always start with the stretching or warming up. Don’t jump into the really tough asanas at once!

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Dedicate an hour or half to yoga each day. Make sure that you shall remain undisturbed during this period of time. Keep your cell phones, laptops etc all switched off and away from your person. Make sure that your door is manned by someone else so that an intrusion in the form of a doorbell might not occur.

Regular practice is the next most important step. For best results you should practice every single day. However if due to some reasons you are unable to do that you must try to practice at least 5 or 6 times each week. The best way to do this is to assign a particular time to it, like in the morning before breakfast or in the evening or at night.

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Start with an easy routine and let your body get used to the stretching and exercises. Then gradually increase the grade of your routine. Introduce more difficult asanas and practice for longer hours. While this may sound impossible now, once you get hooked to yoga you will find yourself wanting to lengthen the hours of your practice!

Maintain a journal. Write your goals, your routine and all your other yoga experiences in a journal. This will help you keep a track of your progress. Also, writing down your goals always makes achieving them easier.

Doing yoga at home is not as easy as it sounds. While classes and teachers force you to follow up and keep practicing, there is no such external force at home. So you need to be patient and not give up before you can experience any of its benefits.

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