Free yoga exercises to help you become a yogi at home
A regular yoga routine is an excellent way to increase flexibility, strengthen your body, and create a strong sense of spiritual fulfillment and piece of mind. But for some of us, the cost of regular yoga exercise is too high. There are a myriad of options for free yoga exercises on the Internet.
However, like sifting through the sands of an endless river to find one little diamond, finding quality free yoga exercises online can be difficult. Follow these tips to have the best, most authentic experience that you can.
Set the Space
Before starting any free yoga exercises, create a peaceful space within your home to complete your routine. Because you don’t have the environment of a traditional yoga classroom space, it’s best to take a few steps so that you still get the most out of your home practice. Select a room where you know you won’t be distracted like the bedroom or the family office. If family members are around, tell them what you are doing so they take your request for solitude seriously.
If you like music, play some softly in the background. Preferably, select tunes without words and opt for instrumental music; this will allow for a deeper focus on meditation and breathing. Light a candle or two and turn the lights off; open a window to create airflow. If needed, move furniture within the room so that you will be able to complete all of the poses in your routine.
Before selecting free yoga exercises online, be sure that you have the time to complete the whole routine. Since yoga works as a chain of action and reaction with its poses, it is vital to complete all of them, including a shavasana at the end. Also, read the entire routine and study the poses before you begin. Spend at least ten minutes total reading the poses, stopping to visualize, and re-reading if necessary. This is encouraged so that you can spend as much time in your routine focusing on the poses as opposed to chopping up the routine, to go back to your computer and read.
Video vs. Still photos
Depending on your personal style, you may want to follow along with a free yoga exercise video online. This is similar to having your own yoga instructor as she talks and demonstrates the poses as she goes. This is a great option for those who want to adjust their poses properly according to the movements of the instructor. However, it is less meditative in nature than learning poses from still photographs and then applying them to your own practice. An advantage of learning about poses from still photographs is that it forces you to trust your own body to master the pose at your own pace. Whichever option you select, be certain to watch the video and study the photographs ahead of time.
Now you’re ready to start your free yoga exercises. Namaste.