Today’s world is fast paced. It’s like someone has pressed the fast forward button on life’s remote control and have forgotten to turn it off. Between demanding jobs, bills, childcare and everything else life may throw at you, it’s always important to hit that pause button.
If you struggle to find time for both exercising and relaxing, yoga is a brilliant option for you! Known for it’s calorie burning, toning and relaxing benefits, this zen sport is super easy to do from your own home.
So put aside half an hour, grab a yoga mat and let’s get going!
Create A Zen Yoga ‘Studio’
To make your yoga experience authentic, I suggest giving a quiet corner of your home a bit of a makeover. As yoga originated in ancient India, bring some ethnic Indian elements into your home through wall hangings, table decor and vibrant color schemes.
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The studio above pays homage to yoga’s Indian roots, whilst remaining in a relaxing, noise-free color palette. The eff0rtless combination of purples, reds and browns is inevitably relaxing, whilst detailed wall hangings make great focal points for any meditation practices.
The fresh plants are great for feng shui! They also remove any air pollution, ensuring that the air of the room is quite literally free from distractions.
Get The Look
Dress up your wall with a quintessentially Indian print in soothing tones. Our exotic oriental table runner would make a great choice.
For extra comfort, sprinkle some matching pillow covers around your workout area. These may come in handy for some of the trickier positions too!
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If you’re a fan of the outdoors, but not always blessed with the best weather, setting up your yoga haven in front of a large window may be a great option for you.
The at home studio above combines nature and spirituality perfectly, as you have the choice to look both out of the window and at the Buddha. The two large cushions provide comfort and color and fresh greenery once again ensures that the air is fresh during the yoga practice. The curtain hang also adds an Eastern vibe, which compliments the Buddha beautifully.
Get The Look
Open your curtains, then place two of our elegant dahlia print cushions on either side of the window.
Fold a saree border table runner over the curtain pole for an added Eastern injection.
Beginner’s Yoga Positions
Is it just me or are there so many yoga positions that it seems almost impossible to choose a starting point? Luckily, I’ve taken these yoga positions for a test drive and if little, old me, with zero experience, can do them; so can you!
This is a great beginners pose to improve posture and work on your breathing techniques.
Stand up straight with your feet together and shoulders down and relaxed. Inhale deeply and raise your hands upwards until they are above your head, palms facing. Reach as high as you can and hold.
If you’re after an ankle remedy, this one’s for you! The warrior pose is sure to stretch them out!
Stand with your legs 3-4 ft apart, with your right leg in front. Lift up your arms to the sides, keeping your palms down. Ensure your shoulders are kept down at all times. Do a lunge on your right leg until your knee is bent to 90 degrees. Hold, keeping your focus on your hands, then repeat on the left leg.
Downward Facing Dog
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This position is great for building strength and stretching the entire body when doing yoga at home. It has also been show to improve symptoms of mental illnesses, such as depression, insomnia and stress. If that’s not enough to make you get in this pose pronto, it’s also effective in improving asthma and symptoms of menopause.
Begin on your hands and knees (all fours), then bring your hands slightly forward. Exhale, then draw your belly button into your spine. Push yourself up by lifting up your hips and back. Keep your knees bent at this time. After you have risen, straighten your knees to make an upside down v shape. Press your shoulder blades down towards your spine. Hold and breathe for as long as you feel comfortable.
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This pose is great for correcting any alignment issues of the shoulders and back. It is also great for relieving digestive issues.
Stand with your feet just a little wider than hip width. Turn your right foot out at a 90 degree angle and turn your left foot in. Keeping both legs straight, stretch your right hip down towards y0ur leg. Maintain a stretched spine. Place your right hand just below your knee and pull your left arm up to directly above your shoulder. Gaze to the floor and breathe deeply for ten seconds. Repeat on the other side.
Hope you enjoyed your at yoga at home class! Who knows, maybe one day you will master that crazy upside down thing they do on TV!