Have you tried Online Yoga Classes at home? Maybe today’s the day!
Online yoga classes at home are great for people who want a yoga workout, but just don’t have the time or budget to head to a fancy yoga studio.
Yes, You can do yoga at home!
Because yoga uses body weight and requires no equipment, it’s really the ideal exercise for your home (whether you’re looking to do slow flow yoga or fast-paced power yoga workouts)!
When you stream your yoga classes online, you won’t have to worry about altering your schedule to squeeze in classes. You can do your yoga at home – in the privacy of your own living room, or your own workout room. You’ll never miss a class because you got held up at work, or because one of the kids got sick and you had to stay home.
If you think that your motivation might suffer because you’re not surrounded by other yoga studio goers, that just isn’t the case. Online yoga classes can keep you just as motivated as being in a room full of your peers. You will be guided by your online leader, and in some cases, music will provide an energetic background. You can even use a custom yoga workout plan to keep you on track!
You’ll work up a sweat, your joints and muscles will be energized, and you’ll end up feeling great about it all. Sounds a lot like the results from the yoga studio right?
And without the hassle of driving there, finding a sitter, driving back all sweaty, etc!
So how do you get started with online yoga classes?
Online yoga classes at home are for beginners — and experienced yogis
One of the biggest advantages to starting online yoga classes in a home yoga practice is that it teaches you to self-regulate. Your coach may be guiding you through the process from the streamed content, but you have to force yourself to follow along and do the work. Sometimes, this ends up making you a better practitioner of yoga, because you are doing a lot more of the work on your own.
Try these recommendations on how to get started…
The best way to begin a session at home is to start with a quiet pose. This will put you in touch with your body and your mind, so you’ll know what you feel like doing. Once you know that, you can choose a direction. You may feel energetic and want to go for a more vigorous workout, or you may feel wiped out from work, and you’d rather go with something less taxing.
Regardless of how you feel on a given day, you should establish a goal for your online yoga workout. It might be working on a specific pose, or it might be just allowing all the stress to drain out of you. On the days where you feel good, choose four or five poses that you really enjoy doing. You’ll become a more consistent yoga student if you work on poses that you really like, rather than those which are more challenging.
If possible, try to include at least one pose from each of the directions your body can move in. By including all these directions, you’ll have a more complete yoga workout, and you’ll engage all the muscles and joints of your body. One of the most important aspects of getting started with a home yoga practice is staking out an area where you can do your workouts every day. If you’re in a different corner of the house every day, it’ll be harder to achieve consistency. Make it regular, and you’ll make it more often.
Use yoga online for flexibility boosting
It’s a common misconception that only flexible people can be involved with yoga.
The truth is that flexibility is not so much a pre-requisite for yoga as it is a result of doing yoga! The important thing to remember when engaging in flexibility poses is that you need to safely build up your flexibility. And, remember, the goal doesn’t need to be that you become the “perfect pretzel.”
When you try to go straight to a challenging pose because you think you can, it’s very possible that you’ll hurt something. There are any number of flexibility poses in yoga that you can use in your online yoga classes. Some of them are fairly simple, others are more challenging.
By slowly increasing your flexibility, and boosting it a little at a time, you’ll gradually become much more flexible in your joints and your muscles.
5 Common Yoga at Home Poses
In this article for PopSugar, I demonstrate 5 poses that are great to do every day — EVEN IF you don’t have the time for an online yoga classes at home.
Try these as well…
#1 – Mountain Pose
Stand with your feet together, arms at your side, weight evenly distributed. Raise your arms overhead, with palms facing each other, and fingers reaching for the sky.
#2 – Downward Dog (Above)
Start out on all fours, with knees under your hips and hands under shoulders. Walk your hands a few inches forward, curl your toes under, and thrust your hips toward the ceiling. From this inverted V position, take three full breaths before relaxing.
#3 – Warrior
Stand with legs three feet apart, turn left foot in, and right foot out 90 degrees. Extend arms out to the side, with palms down. Bend your right knee 90 degrees, and maintain for 60 seconds.
#4 – Crow Pose
Achieve a Downward Dog position, and walk feet forward until your knees contact your arms. Bend your elbows and lift your heels up off the floor, resting knees against outside of your arms. Maintain for five to 10 breaths.
#5 – Child’s Pose
Sit up on your heels, roll your forehead forward so it’s resting on the mat. Lower your chest close to your knees and extend your arms out in front. Hold pose for three to five breaths.
What’s a Good Beginner Yoga at Home Sequence?
If you want to try online yoga classes at home without committing to online yoga classes, start with a good beginner yoga sequence. Here’s an example…
- Knees to Chest Pose
- Supine Twist
- Cat-Cow Pose
- Child’s Pose
- Standing Forward Bend
- Garland Pose
- Chair Pose
- Warrior Pose I (Pictured above)
- Warrior Pose II
- Extended Triangle Pose
- Tree Pose
- Eye of the Needle Pose
7 Breathing Techniques You Can Use When Doing Yoga at Home…
Breath control is an important aspect of engaging in yoga classes. If you’re wondering which breathing technique you’re supposed to be using, you’re not alone. Here are some of the most important breathing techniques, along with when you should use each.
- Victorious Breath – promotes a deep opening into the lungs, and makes the sound of an ocean as you exhale. Use this technique to create stillness, relieve anxiety, and get you in touch with your inner strength.
- Vessel Breath – this technique is a state where breath is retained, and it occurs in between inhalation and exhalation. The Vessel Breath is used to help calm the mind, as there is no breathing which occurs in this state.
- Shining Skull Breath – Make a passive inhale and forceful exhale to increase circulation and help wake up the body.
- Bellows Breath – somewhat similar to Shining Skull Breath, Bellows Breath emphasizes the inhale and exhale equally. Use this breathing technique to achieve stillness and to relieve stress.
- Lion’s Breath – Open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue 😛. This technique is generally used between poses. It helps to slow down the body activity and return to normal.
- Alternate Nostril Breath – involves breathing through a single nostril, and helps to settle the mind before commencing a yoga session.
- Cooling Breath – Use this tecnnique to cool down after a vigorous workout. It calls for opening the mouth, sticking out the tongue, and curling it into a taco shape. From this position, inhale through your mouth and exhale out your nose.
Online Yoga for Weight Loss
Can you do yoga online for weight loss – for sure! While many other types of exercises ‘get the headlines’ regarding weight loss, online yoga classes can definitely be part of your weight loss program, particularly power yoga.
PopSugar provides some interesting insight and, if you want to read what the academics say on the topic, check out this study from the NIH. Yoga also helps to lower stress levels, and stress is commonly regarded as a trigger for over-eating and weight gain.
How Often Should You Do Yoga Online?
For most people, it’s best to do yoga classes at home between three and five times each week. That allows for adequate time to recover, and the recovery time is just as important as the sessions themselves. If you decide to take a whole week off occasionally that’s ok! Just be ready to come back feeling refreshed and raring to go again.
If you don’t have time to do yoga that often, don’t worry! Do what you can (but do try and push yourself a bit).
Remember…we all fall off the wagon. When that happens to you, don’t fret it – forgive yourself and pick it back up!
Bonus for Fun: A Few Advanced Yoga Poses
Some people like to challenge themselves with more advanced poses. Don’t try these without achieving a good state of flexibility, stability and strength first, and make sure to warm up before attempting any of these.
- Firefly Pose
- King Pigeon Pose
- Lord of the Dance Pose
- Lotus Pose
- Peacock Pose
- Shoulder-Pressing Pose
- Side-Reclining Leg Lift
- Upward Facing Two-Foot Staff Pose
And, Some Yoga Poses for Two!
If you have a partner who’s as into yoga as well, doing yoga at home together can be very rewarding. Not only will you both get a terrific workout, but it might just add some sparkle to your relationship as well :).
Here are some of the most popular yoga poses for partners to engage in:
- Sit ‘n Twist for Two
- Tree Pose
- Boat Pose
- Halfmoon Pose
If you’re into trying interesting yoga poses, check out. Yogapedia’s great “yoga poses” resource.
Can I do online yoga classes when I’m pregnant?
First and foremost, ask your doctor. Most women can safely do prenatal yoga but it’s always essential to ask your doctor first. If you get the green light, you’ll find that prenatal yoga online can really help you through your pregnancy.
Find Out If You <3 Online Yoga Classes
Of course, there’s only one way you’re ever going to find out if yoga at home is for you and if online yoga classes help you with your at home practice – and that’s to give it a try! You can talk with friends to see how they feel about it. Or, you can also read online reviews of online yoga classes. But the bottom line is that you’re never going to know exactly how you feel about online yoga classes until you give them a shot. The good news is that some online yoga classes will allow you to participate on a 30-day free trial basis. That can be the ideal arrangement for some people, because it will give them time to go through some of the sessions, and to see if they’re up to snuff with it.
Don’t get discouraged if you come away sore and stiff after the first few workouts with online yoga classes. In fact, that’s really a good thing – it means you’re moving your body in ways that it’s not used to.
Does it bring you peace of mind, and an inner sense of calm? Are you more in touch with your body and with your mental state? This all comes under the category of having greater mindfulness. Being more mindful about yourself and the world around you is a good way to live your life. Online yoga classes can bring that to anyone who makes a serious effort at it – so, give it a try!
You’ll be glad you did.
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