How to Take Your At-Home Yoga to the Next Level
Experiment with props, try new classes, and maybe even ditch your screen
Yoga is an ever-evolving, ancient practice with South Asian origins. But for many people living in the West, yoga has meant something very specific for the past several decades: thin, lithe, usually white women bending in spandex in a minimalist hardwood floor studio.
The past year has thankfully changed some of that perception.
For the first time, people who want to practice yoga have had no choice but to do so from home. Luckily, there has been no shortage of Zoom classes, YouTube videos, and fitness apps for both experienced practitioners and eager pandemic beginners. And beautifully, many people have found they prefer practicing at home. It can feel like a safer, more gender neutral space, free of judgment and body comparison. Not to mention it can be more accessible financially, as well as schedule wise.
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A big part of the reason why so many people believe yoga isn’t for them is because of how yoga has been framed in the capitalist gaze. But cultivating a self-practice shows us it doesn’t have to be that way. Plus, the yoga studio as we know it is a modern artifact. And while moving and breathing in unison with other bodies in a room can foster great healing, there is also a sense of relief in knowing that no matter where you are or how much time you have, you can check in with yourself through the practice of yoga.
The challenging period we’re living through is a perfect time to deepen your yoga self-practice by engaging more deeply with yoga’s spiritual roots and meaning beyond asana (the physical postures). In doing this, you may find the reason why yoga has persisted as a practice for thousands of years: It is an endlessly adaptable companion to the spiritual and physical challenges of being alive.
Many people have found they prefer practicing at home. It can feel like a safer, more…