Have you experienced practicing yoga at home already or do you prefer to go to the studio? Now that there are more and more opportunities to receive a good yoga class from a professional yoga teacher via yoga channels and yoga apps, the step towards a yoga practice at home is getting more likely. You are in the comfort of your own home, there are no hordes of people around you and you can dress up space where you are just the way you like it. Candles, music, whose smoke, whatever you feel like. But how do you make full use of your practice and keep at it? Here are 5 tips!

1. Setting goals

It’s always good to go all the way back to where your yoga journey started, why do you practice yoga? What do you want to achieve? Write down your goals! Preferably use pen and paper so you really dwell on what you write down and store it in your memory at the same time. Research has shown that making your goals visual make you more inclined to actually achieve them. So get started with Pinterest or with magazines and make your mood board!

2. Not practicing yoga yet

If you have no experience with yoga then it is advisable to read books on the different kind of yoga styles, because there are many yoga styles. From very calm styles such as Yin Yoga to dynamic styles like Power Yoga. If your goal is to work on feeling more relaxed and stretching your muscles well, then Yin Yoga is a very good style. Do you like a more dynamic kind of approach and work on a strong core? Then Power Yoga might be your style. If you have read about the different styles of yoga you have two ways to choose from. Search through YouTube channels or an app for videos with instructions for beginners or a trial lesson in a gym, book yoga studio or visit a yoga masterclass.

The advantage of the last way is that you can seek advice and ask questions by the special attention you receive from the yoga teacher during a yoga masterclass, so that you can create a safe basis.

What do you want to achieve? Write down your goals!

3. Environment
Choose a quiet space so that you can finish your yoga practice and not be disturbed. Try to keep your environment tidy and choose an appropriate mat. Influences the ambiance with music, candles, dimmed light, temperature, and gems. When choosing your yoga mat take into account your yoga style (dynamic or slow movements), your level of practice and your personal wishes and needs. As a novice yogi, a sticky yoga mat can be the right way to go. A sticky mat prevents you from slipping and you, therefore, are able to perform your exercises in a complete certainty.

4. Build
up when would you like to build your sessions and how often? It is wonderful to start your day with a yoga practice. This helps your blood flowing and the morning stiffness is replaced by energy. It also brings you in a good mood right away. Good start of the day! If you have had a busy day it can also be wonderful to end your day with a relaxing session, it is just what you need.

5. Maintaining your practice
Once you are in the rhythm of practicing yoga at home, it is important to keep yourself from slacking. Regularly look at the goals you have written down and see if you’re still on the right track. Continue to develop yourself by trying new things, reading new information or exchanging yoga style. It is, of course, most important that you get merry from your yoga sessions, so keep on smiling and celebrate every success however small it might seem!