Ive got to confess I am spending alot of time in bed or napping on the sofa due to cancer treatment and fatigue so I think I need to focus on something that might give me a bit more energy.
I have heard that yoga is great and its easy to do at home as I have found videos on utube wish me luck!
Here is what I have learnt in my research of yoga at home.
There are times the weather keeps us confined to our homes hindering any regular outdoor activity. For those who enjoy doing their walks and workouts in the open parks and gardens, this can become quite irksome.Starting a yoga practice in the cosy indoors of your home is a good alternative to an unmissable fitness routine. All you need to do is to roll out the yoga mat and start with the asanas to improve physical and mental health. Here are a few things to remember as you prepare yourself for your daily home yoga routine.
Choose a suitable time
While some like to practice yoga in mornings when the energy levels are high, there are others who prefer the evenings to release the stress built up during the day. Having said that, you can select any time to do yoga as per your convenience.
Once you have begun practicing yoga, it is important you stick to a regular routine and make it a habit. Twenty to thirty minutes of daily yoga will show positive results much sooner than hours of occasional practice. Yoga should be something to look forward to and not feel like a chore. If you feel bored, try and change your style or learn under a new teacher in order to enjoy doing Yoga.
Include all the basic techniques
Keep in mind that yoga is not just limited to performing asanas. As a part of your home session these involve Pranayama (breathing exercises) as well as meditation. If you have limited time, fix a set of asanas to be done every day and then include the whole package on weekends. The more you learn the effects of the different practices, the more you will come to know what your body needs.
Sign off with Savasana
After every yoga session it is important for your body to relax, so spare some time for this. The Savasana will allow the nervous system to unwind and benefit from the gains of your yoga session. Not resting after an intense yoga class can unnecessarily tighten up the body. Relaxation will give a chance to the body to assimilate all that has taken place on the mat and allow it to register the new found freedom of movement.
Practice in the right environment
This is the most important part of the yoga session. A small private room is the best, otherwise any private place indoors will suffice, so long your yoga mat fits and there is no disturbance. Try and switch to artificial turf, as it has no toxins and allergens to interfere with your breathing-a vital part of yoga. Moreover, apart from adding greens to the indoor landscape, you can do yoga on cheap artificial grass year round, irrespective of the weather.
A yoga mat or other accessories should by no means be a necessity to start a yoga session. No doubt a good quality yoga mat, suited to your limitations, is a lifelong asset, but at times even a piece of carpet can be sufficient.So long you are creative enough, the bed of your room can do the trick. Blocks are also a prerequisite, but books can easily replace them. You just need to have the will to complete your daily yoga asanas, almost anywhere.
Warm up the body
There are areas of the body which are prone to injury such as, hips,knees,spine and neck. Be specially mindful of this when beginning a new session and warm up the body properly and check if everything feels okay in a particular pose. Don’t attempt any shortcuts or force or push should you have a painful sensation. Try and adjust and soften up to gradually come out of the pose. Moments between transition of poses are potential injury times, as one often pays less attention to alignment and alleviates risk.
Practicing yoga religiously helps in the development of the body and mind. During some months getting active outdoors is less appealing, but exercising at home is free and easy. So get your mat, no matter what, show a bit of creativity, find your space and just enjoy your yoga practice.