YOGA AT HOME
Let’s practice yoga at home! Sophie Gough, our Yoga Tutor, demonstrates how easy it is to practice Yoga at home with props or practising a simple breathing exercise.
Start practising today and start to feel better in a few minutes!
‘Breathwork at home’
Often we think of Yoga as just a physical practice, but there are several other aspects, one such being breathwork (breath retention/Pranayama). Here’s a breathwork practice that you can do at home, at any time of the day and with as much or as little time you have available.
Sama Vritti (Equal breath)
I begin most of our weekly chair classes with this breathwork practice. This technique involves balancing the length of the inhale and exhale, to a count that is most comfortable/accessible for you e.g. 3, 4, 5, 6 etc. Feel free to begin with a low count, observe the breath and any sensations in the body. Perhaps see if you can increase the count with a steady practice over a couple of days. While practicing, make sure that you’re in a comfortable upright seated position (on a mat, prop, chair), allow the eyes to close or have a soft downward gaze and practice for as long as you’d like. Benefits of this practice include reduction in stress, anxiety and inflammation.
‘Yoga with props’
Yoga props can be found at home within everyday items such as books, dressing gown belts and blankets. Try practicing this balancing pose with one leg extended at a time with the use of a dressing gown belt. Placing the belt around the sole of your foot, kick the hell away from the body, engage the lower abdomen for stability, and let the belt assist you with lifting the leg up as far as is comfortable.
Another pose to try practicing is a chair pose with a book placed between the knees (try wrapping the book in a blanket for comfort). Bend the knees as if to take a seat, gently squeeze the book with the knees, keep the toes insight and extend the arms up and in line with the ears. Yoga props help our bodies find more ease and stillness in a pose, and they can make poses that would otherwise be inaccessible, achievable. Get creative with other household items that might assist you in your practice and embrace the use of props!
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