Isn´t it nice to be in a yoga class being instructed by a yoga teacher, getting that total relaxation and calmness? And that hour is so nice so you would love to try your own yoga at home, to keep that sensation during the week? Often it´s easier said than done to get that practice done at home between the yoga lessons, so here are 6 tips for you if you want to have a more regular yoga at home and have the benefits from doing that.
Do you know that there are studies and research going on all the time in MediYoga? It has been shown that when doing yoga once a week you lower your stress hormones, the anxiety decrease and you feel an overall improved health. So doing yoga more than once a week could even make you feel better, right? You can become more vibrant, balanced and change a lot in your life.
I have been teaching yoga since 2008 and have met very dedicated students that are very disciplined and bring the yoga practice in their daily life as well. I have met students that are totally fine with having an awesome hour with yoga once a week, an hour that gives them a lot in their life, that makes a difference. Many of them say that this hour is the best hour during the week. I have met students that want to have more of those awesome hours by beginning their own yoga practice at home as well, between the classes, but they find it difficult to get in this routine in their lives. So if you are this person that really wants to do your yoga at home I have 6 great tips that will help you to start!
1. Decide how often you want and can do your yoga
It can be good to set a goal how many times a week you want to do yoga. This goal should be realistic and possible to achieve. Do you want to do yoga a couple of times a week, every day and which days? My advice is to make the goals reachable and not too big so you get overwhelmed. At the same time you should not set the goals too low so you´ll get nowhere in your progress. The only person that can tell you what is possible for you right now is you. So listen to your heart what you need right now and set your goals.
2. What time is the best?
It is also a good idea to decide what time you are going to do yoga. The best time is in the morning, when your mind is still quite, it´s easier to focus, but if you can´t in the morning, find another time during the day for your practice. I recommend the morning, it´s a wonderful way to start your day doing some yoga.
3. Where are you going to do yoga?
Decide a place in your home where you can be without disturbance. It doesn´t have to be a fancy yoga spot, just choose a spot and turn it to your own yoga space. The reason for this will be explained later in the blog.
4. What equipment do you need?
You don´t need anything fancy here either. A yoga mat can be good, but not necessary, a thick carpet or a blanket works just fine. It can be good to wear comfortable clothes so you can do the yoga poses without problems. I recommend a yoga timer app to make it easier to do the yoga sequence. Yoga Timer is for free.
5. What yoga poses shall you do?
I recommend that you start with the long deep breathing. Start with 10 minutes every day. You can add some yoga poses after the breathing exercise, like the Squatting pose and Sufi grind. You can also have a look in the Free stuff section and choose one of the ”Mini-sets.
If you really want to dive deep into your yoga practice you can book an appointment via skype and have an individual session with me.
Beginning the day in this way, calming your mind, letting go of tensions and becoming more focused is such wonderful way to begin the day! And anyone can do it! You can also do it and get that!
So start your day with some yoga, make it your routine that becomes a habit. Start with as little as some breathing, just center yourself and relax for some minutes.
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One of the most common problems I hear a lot from my readers and my yoga students is lower back pain, especially from endometriosis & pelvic pain sufferers. It seems like it comes hand in hand. I also have problems with my lower back sometime it comes and goes, but what saves me is my yoga. Always when it shows up I know what to do. So I want to share some poses for you who have this condition.
This is three of my favorite yoga poses for lower back pain.The best is to do all three of them together and do them in the order they are in the instruction. Try to do these sequence everyday for a couple of weeks. Start with one minute each pose and increase up to three minutes over time.
Be gentle with yourself when you do yoga. Listen to what your body and mind need at the moment and do it with love.
You can download the PDF here
Please comment below how these poses work for you!
In the yogic tradition, for thousands years, old yogis have used the left and right nostrils to affect the nervous system. Maybe they didn´t really think about it as nervous system, it was more the yogic energy system they wanted to affect. In the yogic tradition breathing through the left nostril will make you more calm and lower the stress in your body and breathing though your right nostril will make you more energetic and your mind will become more focused. I love using the left and right nostrils in different alternate breathing exercises, there are a few different variations, but here you´ll focus on only getting more energy breathing through your right nostril.
This is a good breathing exercise to do in the morning the first thing you do, or when you feel tired and need to be more alert.
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”