3-Steps to Bring the Yoga Studio Home

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If you’re finding it hard to get to the yoga studio or gym or just don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help! There are so many reasons to do more yoga and it’s easy to do it from the comfort of your own home. Yoga offers both physical and mental health benefits. Natalie Nevins, DO, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California explains that yoga can relieve chronic pain, lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia. Some other physical health benefits include increased flexibility, improved energy and athletic performance, increased muscle tone and a maintained metabolism. Yoga also can help individuals manage stress. Because yoga incorporates meditation and relaxation, it can improve a person’s mental well-being [1]. Yoga teaches us to listen to our bodies so it’s important to do that with food too. Mindful eating can be considered a type of meditation. Mindful eating encourages us to slow down, savor and fuel our bodies in the moment [2]. Kara Lydon, RD, LTN, RYT, author of the E-Book, Nourish Your Namaste teaches more about why proper nutrition with yoga is imperative. The book explains what your diet should look like according to ancient yoga teachings, what you should eat before and after practice, how to relax your mind and body, which yoga poses promote digestion, which foods and poses boost your immune system and many more [3]. Yoga can easily be done at-home by following these 3 simple steps.

 

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1. Create a Space:

It’s not necessary to leave your home to practice yoga. You can create an inexpensive yoga sanctuary at home in no time! First, choose a space. It doesn’t have to be big or it’s own room, simply choose an area where you can set up your mat. Declutter the area to remove distractions and only include items that are functional. Choose calm colors that are muted or white and an area with dimmer lights, as light has a huge impact on mood. Accessorize to your liking! Add candles, incense, essential oil diffusers or even fresh flowers [4]. Make the space your own by adding your own comfortable touches to it.

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2. Stream Yoga:

Taking classes at a studio is a wonderful luxury, but can get expensive and not always fit into our busy schedules. The thought of practicing yoga at home can be overwhelming, but now you can stream numerous varieties of yoga classes on your laptop, phone or tablet. Some streaming services can be found for free on Youtube, while others may have a small, monthly cost. Streaming yoga fits well for all levers with classes offered to beginners through experts, along with classes for increased flexibility, balance and much more. Many classes offer a variety of lengths to best fit your schedule – whether you have a quick 20 minute time slot or you want to do an hour long practice after waking up – streaming services accommodate all. Streaming yoga at home makes it easy to practice based on your lifestyle and needs. Below we’ve listed some of our favorite streaming services.

Gaia – $10 per month

YogaGlo – $18 per month

Yoga with Adriene – Free

Fightmaster Yoga – Free

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3. Choose Your Yoga Mat:

Having a good yoga mat is just as important as regular practice. When choosing a yoga mat, keep in mind the material, thickness and stickiness; this will determine how well it will work for you. It’s also important to be mindful of harmful or toxic chemicals Used to make yoga mats for your own health and the environment. Below we’ve listed some affordable and eco-friendly yoga mats that you can purchase online.

ECO Yoga Mat – Prana $24

Eco-Friendly Oragami Cranes Printed Yoga Mat – Bold Mats $49

Manduka eko Lite Yoga and Pilates Mat – Manduka $46

In addition, be aware of how you are keeping your yoga mat clean. You can make a DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner with simple household ingredients. Simply take a small spray bottle, fill 1/4 of the spray bottle with witch hazel, 2 drops of tea tree essential oil, 1 drop of lavender essential oil and fill the rest with distilled water. Spray this mixture on your mat before and after your practice to keep it fresh and clean. Both essential oils have antibacterial properties, keeping germs away naturally [5].

Namaste.
[1] The Benefits of Yoga. American Osteopathic Association.
http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/yoga.aspx
[2] Kripalu. The Yoga of Nutrition.
https://kripalu.org/resources/yoga-nutrition

[3] Kara Lydn. Nourish Your Namaste. 
Nourish Your Namaste
[4] Yoga Journal. DIY Yoga Sanctuary. https://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/5-ways-diy-yoga-sanctuary [5] DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner. Yogi Approved. https://www.yogiapproved.com/yoga/easy-diy-yoga-mat-cleaner/

 

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