Busy work schedule, kids, dinner, laundry. All of these things can keep you from the gym or yoga studio. Starting a home practice might just be the answer you have been looking for to keep your practice going. Here are my tips on how to start a home practice.
- Pick a place you will not be disturbed. This may be a extra room, maybe the living room before every one wakes up, or when they all go about their business after dinner. Believe it or not, I know one person who has a large master bathroom and unrolls her yoga mat there.
- Stick with it. Trying to fit your yoga practice in where ever you can is good, but making a time and sticking with it is better. Even if you only have time for child’s pose, trust me, it helps.
- Start your session with a plan. If you are an experienced Yogi you might have a series of asanas memorized or you can do poses from memory that your body craves. If you are a beginner, bring you iPad or get a DVD to help. There are also tons of books, and free yoga classes on line, even decks of cards with asanas to make it easier for you.
- Turn your phone off! This is your time, take it for your self.
Most importantly, Have fun. Starting a home practice does not have to be intimidating, have fun with it!
Slowing down in this busy world isn’t the easiest thing to do.
But if you want to be healthy, taking care of your self should be top of your list.
A few months ago I went on an amazing family vacation. Each morning, even though I tried to sleep in, I couldn’t do it. The first few days I sat out near the pool with my ipad. I checked for any new cool things on Pinterest, I looked at Instagram for pictures of my dogs at doggy day care, and I looked at what my friends were up to on Facebook. Then a few days in I stopped. I stopped, and looked around at the beautiful scenery, I just sat there. It was wonderful. Some thing about vacation makes it easier to slow down and just be.
At first It was easy at first to bring that home, to love up on my puppy and just watch her run around the yard, to listen to my son talk with out doing at least two other things, and then it was gone. It slowly crept back in, always multi tasking, always doing 2 or three things at a time, when I am making phone calls, I am also on the computer, waiting in line? I better look if any one has text me.
Now I am making a more conscious effort to just be in the moment, and a funny thing happened, I am actually getting more done! When I am returning calls, I am doing just that, returning calls. When I take a break to walk the best puppy in the world Olive, we try to break our goal and walk farther, throw few more balls. Just be there with her in the moment. Its a funny thing, some times you think you are way more productive when you are multi tasking, but I truly wasn’t.
Here is how I got started.
- When I am answering emails, working on a project, I turn off the ringer on my phone. No interruptions helps me stay in the moment, and accomplish more when working
- When I am walking my dog, or talking to my husband or my son, I don’t even have my phone with me or out.
- I listened to music in my car instead of returning calls. I focused more on my driving and listening to some old and new favorites made me a happier person.
- I set aside times to return call or answer emails. I work from home, so I did this 3 times per day, depending on how much follow up you have you might need to adjust this. I made a fresh cup of tea, got my note book and focused on the task at hand.
- Making dinner, I used to have the TV on, and my phone on the counter. Now I turn on some music, pour a cup of tea and enjoy the process.
How will you try to slow down and me in the moment?
As promised, here is an update on my experience owning a Peloton Bike.
I have had the bike now for about a month, and I am still in love with it as ever! It has been amazing having it here in my house being able to join a live class or stream from the library when ever I want to. The only hiccup I had was the shoes, I ordered a pair from Peloton using their size recommendations, and they were way too small, the pair ended up fitting my daughter, so she kept them and I ordered another pair off amazon following their sizing chart, they arrived, too small again! I was so frustrated. In the end, I headed to a local bike shop to get a pair i could try on, but in the process I bought 3 pairs of shoes!
Now that I am all set with my gear, I tend to ride pretty much every day. What is great about the streaming classes is even if I don’t have a lot of time there is usually a class I can fit in, from 15 minute beginner classes, up to 45 minutes theme rides they have it.
My husband likes the metric rides the best, he feels like the hills and weights give him the best work outs, I like the music themed classes. The Justin Timberlake vs NSync ride with Cody is my favorite so far! He’s amazing and motivating and the music keeps me into it. I did make some adjustments to our home gym area. It helped me to install some room darkening curtains, that way I did not get any glare and it felt more like a ride at one of the studios. It made a big difference for me as far as really focusing on the class.
If you remember from my original post, I love me some SoulCycle, I was a little worried that Peloton would not live up to my experiences in a SoulCycle studio, but it has! I just love being able to get a spin class of this quality in my home! Totally recommend getting your own bike.