Why I Have an At-Home Yoga Practice
Okay, so here's what I know:
Yoga is good for me.
I like yoga.
I want to do yoga.
Yoga is expensive.
Does this sound like you?
When I first got into yoga I was in high school with very little money and I was trying to save for university. I didn't have $100 a month to spend on yoga, so I decided I would teach myself.
I spent hours scrolling through Instagram looking at yoga videos and photos. I watched YouTube tutorials and followed along with DVDs I found at the thrift shop or were gifted to me. Little did I know the impact all this media consumption would have on me. I began to learn quickly, replicating poses, and learning pose names from videos and Instagram challenges.
I started an Instagram account to hold me accountable. I committed to posting everyday to the best of my abilities. This made sure I at least got on my mat everyday. As Summer approached I fell in love with practicing outside in the sunshine. I would go outside everyday and make poorly-aligned shapes on my mat. This became a habit which I continued in my room throughout the Winter months.
At first my practice was choppy and not well educated, but over time I began to learn more about poses, proper posture, and how to flow. I was completely self-taught until I did my yoga teacher training. I was proud of how much I knew even with never having gone to a yoga class.
I learned and grew so much from teaching myself. I built so many wonderful skills and learned lessons of patience, perseverance, self-confidence, dedication, and many more. My home practice is a gift, and I still use it everyday.
Yoga is a very inward experience, but I still found a sense of community by connecting with other yogis' online. The online community can't really compare to connections you can make in a yoga class, but they made due.
Ideally, I think it is best to have an at-home practice and try to go to a yoga class a few times a month. This allows you to have a dedicated daily practice, learn proper technique from an instructor, and meet other like-minded individuals who share your love of yoga.
Honestly, we are so blessed by how many resources there are in the world now. You can teach yourself almost anything if you have the passion and dedication.
I encourage you to start an at-home yoga practice, and watch your life transform.
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