Yoga at home is a good alternative when you don’t have time to go to a yoga studio or attend a gym. One advantage is that you can get in a thirty minute session at home rather than spend the time driving twenty minutes each way to a gym or class. This is a great time saver if you have kids or just a busy schedule.
One disadvantage of doing yoga at home is that there are a number of distractions. For instance, it is easy to hear the phone ring and think about who is calling. The mind can also get distracted by hearing the kids argue or also worrying about tasks to complete in the house. Ir also is easy to shorten the time in the dvd because there is no social environment of a teacher and other students.
Pick a dvd that fits the style you are interested in and the time you have for your practice. You can find dvds that range from twenty minutes to two hours.
If you’ve never done yoga before, start with a gentle or beginner dvd class. When you do something too difficult it is easy to get discouraged. However, if you work within your own abilities then it is enjoyable and at the same time a challenge.
Remember to breathe through the nose and not the mouth. Slow things down if it is too difficult. A nice way to take a break is to either move into child pose or rest on your back. Try to start with once or twice a week. At the end of class, sit for a few minutes and meditate. Don’t immediately let your mind get involved in daily concerns but relish the relaxed feeling and extend it.
Start with warm ups. When I was a child, there were no videos, let alone dvds. People would take about books on yoga, open them up and do the stretching. Then you would have turn the page and continue. It is much easier to get into a meditative state using a dvd and this is one advantage of technology.