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08 Aug 2018, 12:40pm -

Health Advice

by Nina
Houses in Auvers by Vincent van GoghThe request I received was for information on practicing yoga at home, particularly realistic home practice as real people actually do it. I replied that we had a lot of information on the blog already about that topic, but perhaps it was time for an overview post. So today I’m making good on that promise. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a major percentage of our blog is about home practice because whenever we talk about practicing yoga, for those who are not teachers we assume that you are doing yoga on your own at home. (For teachers, we assume you may want to get ideas for what to teach as well as what to practice.) So when we discuss practicing yoga for a particular condition, whether stress, anxiety and depression or arthritis and cardiovascular health, we’re providing information for how to practice for that condition at home. We also have a ton of sequences you can practice and information on individual poses that you can do at home. There are, in fact, so many of these articles on conditions, sequences, and yoga poses that I’m not going to list them here, though I did want to alert you to their existence. (If you have a medical condition, search on the condition name to see recommendations. If you want sequences, search on “Featured Sequence.” If you want a pose, search on “Featured Pose.”)

What I am going to do is provide an overview of the articles that address home practice in a general way, including those that fall into three basic categories:

  • Why practice yoga at home
  • How to practice yoga at home
  • Things to practice at home
And in case you still wonder, we really, really encourage you to practice on your own at home, at least some of the times and basically recommend that you don't worry that much about what you do, although we do have some basic tips for staying safe (see under "how" below).

Why Practice Yoga at Home

In Home Practice: The Best Way to Improve Your Health Timothy discusses the value of home practice as opposed to going to yoga classes.

InIn Why You Should Start a Home Practice I discuss one of the most important reasons to start a home practice from my point of view and provides some tips for getting started.

In My Evolving Home Practice Baxter describes how his own home practice is evolving and changing to adapt to his changing needs.

In Low Pressure Tactics Victor describes how he used his home practice to lower his blood pressure.

In The Eye of the Storm Jivana describes how his home practice helped him to deal with his grief over the death of his mother.

In Is Meditation an Essential Part of Home Practice? Timothy McCall discusses the value of practicing meditation at home as part of your home practice.

How to Practice Yoga at Home

In Yoga Props We Can't Live Without I list the yoga props we recommend and explains why we recommend them and what to use them for.

In How to Stay Safe While Practicing Yoga I list our recommendations for staying safe when you practice on your own (as well as in class).

InDecide Each Day What to DoNina writes about what YFHA staff members at the time really do

In Home Practice: Is There an Optimal Length?Baxter discusses what the "best" length for a yoga practice is.

InPet More Downward-Facing DogsI discuss how to jumpstart a home practice by thinking small.

InPracticing Yoga with a FriendI write about the benefits of practicing with a friend and describes how to do it.

InHealthy TreatsI discuss how to create a yoga practice from poses you like.

InTaking on a Yoga Challenge I writes about how practicing a challenging pose at home can be a valuable experience.

InComing to Your Sense in Yoga Poses I describe how to practice mindfully.

InWhat to Do If There is Something You Can't DoI discuss how to plan a yoga practice when you have an injury or condition that requires eliminating certain types of poses.

InPractice As Many As You CanNina writes about Krishnamacharya’s advice for how to practice on your own.

InMixing it Up I write about why it’s important not to do the same sequence very day.

InCustomizing Your Practice Baxter writes about how to take an existing practice and modify it for your needs.

InStuck in a Rut? I recommend ideas for getting out of your home practice rut.

InSequencing: An Essential Skill for Home Practice Baxter writes about the basic concept of sequencing.

InCreating a Mini Yoga PracticeI describe how to create your own mini practice.

InSequencing in the Style of Krishnamacharya, Part 1Baxter writes about how to sequence in the style of Krishnamachyara.

InSequencing in the Style of Krishnamacharya, Part 2Baxter continues his series about how to sequence in the style of Krishnamachyara

(There is no part 3.)

In Iyengar-Style Sequencing, Part 1 I write about how to sequence in the style of Iyengar.

InIyengar-Style Sequencing, Part 2I continue with my series on how to sequence in the style of Iyengar.

In A Week of Yoga PracticeI discuss how to balance your week of practice rather than trying to do a balanced practice every day.

Wondering What to Practice?Timothy recommends working with a private yoga teacher to plan your home practice

Things to Practice

InEnergizing Yourself I write about what to do to motivate yourself to practice.

InStanding Warm UpBaxter provides a generic standing warm up sequence.

InSeated Warm UpBaxter provides a generic standing seated up sequence.

InDynamic Floor Warm UpBaxter provides a generic floor warm-up sequence.

In Classic Static Warmup PosesI lists poses you can use for starting a yoga practice.

In Rethinking Office Yoga I list poses you can do standing up in your office or in a small space.

InYoga Meditation TechniquesI describe our recommended techniques for starting a meditation practice .

In Starting a Meditation Practice Timothy McCall describes how to start a meditation practice.

InA Balm for the SoulI describe how to practice simple breath awareness.

InCalming Breath Practices We RecommendI describe the breath practice we recommend for calming yourself.

InStimulating Breath Practices We RecommendI describe the breath practice we recommend for stimulating yourself.

InBreath Practices for Balance.I describe the breath practices we recommend for balancing yourself.

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