The sun is shining and the weather is unseasonably warm, ideal conditions to get outdoors and start getting active and ready for summer! So where do you start?! Well, grab a towel or a yoga mat, and your ipad or laptop and start with 15minutes of home yoga on the back deck, garden or courtyard because as little as 15minutes of yoga a day, can really make a big difference to how you feel both inside and out, especially when practised outdoors in the fresh air.
In fact, developing a home yoga practise is easy – there are a heap of online classes you can follow and of course, you can just make up your own.
However, Simone Skinner-Smith of The Mobile Yogi has done all the hard work for you! She specialises in brining yoga into the homes, work places and schools of Sydney-siders and she believes if you can breathe, you can do yoga.
The Mobile Yogi has recently produced a simple and ‘Gentle 15minute Home Yoga Class’ which you can watch and follow online. This short and easy to follow class is ideal for beginners or those looking to start a regular home practise. You can view this class at:
And The Mobile Yogi has a few tips to help make setting up a regular home yoga practise easy:
- Find a comfortable, quiet place to roll out your mat or towel. Not always easier with the kids around but possible when they go to school.
- Try and practise in the same spot and same time each day. Developing consistency and a routine is very helpful.
- Turn off your phone or at least place it on silent…this is your 15minutes!
- But set a timer! You can get some great apps on itunes that ring a peaceful gong to let you know your time is up…very pleasant and ideal for meditation or relaxation time.
- Listen to your body, don’t over do it or don’t put yourself into any positions you aren’t confident with.
- Work with your breath. Remember to breathe in and out through the nose while practising yoga and start your practise by taking a few deep breaths to centre yourself.
And of course, The Mobile Yogi always recommends finishing off a practice with meditation or relaxation. This is the reward at the end of the class – so don’t miss out and cut corners. Give yourself this downtime…even for just a few minutes!
And happy home yoga-ing. Yoga at home is simple, free and so very good for you. The hardest part is rolling out the mat and starting…so what are you waiting for?!