Yoga At Home

For those of you home business owners who rush around like mad people (as we do here at iHubbub) then this health and fitness article is just for you.

More than likely if you are rushed off your feet running your home business, sorting out kids, walking the dog, doing dinner and trying to keep fit and healthy, you'll need some 'hmmm' time.

But how to you do Yoga at Home? There are many benefits to doing yoga at home rather than at a studio or health club gym, the first and foremost being that you are ... well, too rushed off your feet to go anywhere except drop down on your starter yoga mat and starting chanting. Um, yoga chanting, not chanting out your tomorrow's to do list.

yoga starter kit for doing yoga at home

It is a common misconception that flexibility is necessary to participate in the ancient form of yoga. Many people start yoga in their 70’s and there are even forms of yoga for those who are pregnant and those who are wheelchair-bound. Yoga is truly a form of exercise that encompasses people of all abilities.

Practiced in varying styles and forms, yoga usually consists of four main types of exercise; physical exercise, meditation, breathing techniques, and relaxation.

How To Get Started Doing Yoga At Home

David Elliott, managing director of Yoga-Mad told us that physical exercise strengthens the inner core muscles and improves balance, flexibility and posture.

Meditation helps the body to unwind, centre the mind and improve concentration.

Breathing techniques help to assert the authority of mind over body, replenishes oxygen and improves the effectiveness of the lungs and cardio system.

Relaxation enhances the feeling of well-being, reduces anxiety and depression and improves sleep quality. 

Harmonising mind and body, yoga promotes the feeling of ease and relaxation both externally and internally, with the aim of bringing unity to the physical and mental elements of the individual.

If you’ve decided to start yoga, then the next step is to find a suitable yoga class nearby. This has been made easy by www.localyogaclasses.co.uk. By entering your town or county, you can choose from a list of up to 170 different kinds of classes. Such is the popularity of yoga that you are more than likely to find a beginners group nearby.

Before you go for your first class, there are plenty of things you can learn and practice from books or online. Here are some simple instructions for the Half-Moon pose, although it can take a bit of practice.

1.    Stand straight, move your right leg about a yard forwards and reach to the ground in front with your right hand, so that your right leg is equidistant between your right arm and left leg.
2.    Have your left arm on your hip, elbow facing upwards.
3.    Slowly turn your torso to face your left, and bring your left leg up to above head height while straightening your right leg.
4.    Raise your left arm straight up and hold.
5.    At this point you should try to have both your legs and arms straight, and hold the position.

If you feel like you’d rather practice in the privacy of your own home, Yoga-Mad offers everything you could possibly need for your yoga practice from books and equipment to clothing, such as the Yoga Starter Kit shown below.

Yoga Starter Kit To Go

This is an ideal kit for those taking up Iyengar yoga.yoga starter kit for doing yoga at home

The yoga kit includes:-

4 x 2" purple blocks
1 x 2m purple cotton belt
2 x Hi Density purple brick
1 x 4mm x 6ft Warrior Yoga Mat (purple) and a black Yoga Kit bag that holds all your yoga kit.

Not only is it easy to take your yoga kit to a local class, but just as quickly you can get settled in the living room or in the garden by having all your bits in one handy bag.

The yoga bricks in this kit are great because they have examples of what you can do with the bricks. Newbies often don't know what to do with things like foam bricks (that's me!) and so any images or ideas or instructions give you an idea of what you're supposed to be doing.

Buy it here: http://www.yogamad.com/product/yoga-kit-iyengar-yoga

 

Questions & Answers For Doing Yoga At Home

Here are some steps from Cheryl MacDonald, YogaElder and founder of YogaBellies to help you create a heavenly little bit of yoga at home.

As we are yoga-newbies ourselves, we plied Cheryl with a ton of questions and she said ...

What is the best time of day to do yoga at home - first thing in morning or last thing at night or when stressed or when relaxed?

Whenever you get a spare moment to yourself. In the age of technology it’s often hard to set aside half an hour to concentrate on your own wellbeing.

First thing in the morning is a good time to practise yoga as it warms up the body and relaxes your joints ready for the day ahead. Late at night is ideal for meditation as it controls your mind and lets you forget all the worries of the day.

Whenever you practise yoga ensure you warm the body so as not to damage any joints and to ease the body gently into the postures. When we're warm and relaxed, the body releases more oxytocin.

Where to do it - in the garden in the sun (if there is any) or in a dark place.

Wherever there is space for you and a yoga mat! The only thing to consider when planning a yoga session is distractions and noise. Don’t practise yoga in the same space as you work so avoid your home office. Don’t do it in the garden if you’re surrounded by cranes and building work.

The idea of yoga is to focus on yourself and meditation is even harder to accomplish when there are loud noises and constant distractions around you.

Should couples do it together and why?

You can do yoga alone or with your partner, both have separate benefits! During yoga the love hormone, oxytocin is released, which makes the physical body more comfortable and relaxed, in turn this creates a deeper bond between you and your partner.

By continuing the practice with savasana (deep relaxation) and meditation, you encourage the production of oxytocin even further. However, practising yoga on your own allows you to focus on yourself, it’s nice to be selfish once in a while!

If you’re working on a big pitch at work or are feeling stressed about a particular deadline, the practise of yoga helps to harness your inner strength, embrace challenges and face them head on.

What are the benefits to one's long term and short term health?

Yoga can help to restore healthy digestion and ease any discomfort. Practising yoga helps to make the body strong and flexible and also increases energy levels, encourages a positive outlook and helps release any tension you may have as a result of work.

Yoga and the correct practice of asana, can help to strengthen the core muscles, resulting in better posture and alleviated lower back pain.

And any other benefits to one's well being?

Yoga is a fantastic way of relaxing, toning your body and improving your overall wellbeing. For women yoga helps to balance their hormones, and for both sexes yoga helps restore a little TLC into their bodies after a time of distress or heightened emotions – such as terror or devastation.

Yoga asana (stretching exercises) helps to promote the circulation of blood and oxygen around the body which relaxes your mind as well as your body. Deep breathing warms the body and allows us to release the love hormone, oxytocin.

By taking the body through the practice of yoga, we warm the muscles and joints, making the physical body more comfortable and relaxed. Breathing is a huge focus in yoga. Learning to breathe properly and to make effective use of breathing techniques can calm the mind, body and soul, even in frightening or stressful situations.

Does it help clear one's mind for business production or a writer's creativity?

Absolutely! Parts of yoga, particularly meditation, helps to distress and clear your mind of any unnecessary thoughts so you can focus on your sole goal – such as writing a novel! Each night my husband and I habitually do a ten-minute mindful meditation together before we go to sleep.

I guess it might look strange, the pair of us sitting bolt upright in bed (you’re not supposed to do it lying down in case you fall asleep), but there’s nothing strange about it. We just sit there emptying our head and focussing on our breathing (if a thought pops into our minds we have to try to acknowledge it then let it go, and not dwell on any worries or concerns).

Thank you Cheryl - as we start crouching down and flexi up we may have more questions!

Yoga Starter Kit

If you find all of this information to start your own yoga at home interesting and you want to wing it, why not try getting a quick starter kit.yoga starter kit for doing yoga at home

Available to buy online from Viking Direct, this yoga starter kit is an essential purchase for those determined to find their inner Zen.

Practise the art of yoga in the home, garden or office with the lightweight mat and cushion.

Whether you’re on the go or able to dedicate a lengthy session to your newfound passion, the cushioning foam will keep you comfortable and protect your joints from hard surfaces.

The elasticated belt provides the perfect tool for stretching exercises and more complex poses.

Buy it now for £11.99 from www.Viking-Direct.co.uk

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