Yoga At Home For Less
If you have yet to return to the studio, you may be wondering if it’s possible to get an effective yoga workout at home. Fortunately, it is, and you won’t have to go through the expense of hiring a personal instructor. Here’s the lowdown on how to make yoga the high point of your day when you’re staying close to home.
Add resistance bands.
If you’re already a master of the art, elevate your yoga game by working with resistance bands. Resistance bands work by adding tension and (as the name suggests) resistance to different movements. You can use them on your feet, arms, ankles, and upper legs to make your yoga routine a more effective full-body workout. They’re quite affordable, too.
Wear the right clothing.
We’ve all pretty much resolved ourselves to pajamas throughout this quarantine. But as comfy as these may be, they are not exactly the right wardrobe to motivate you where fitness is concerned.
If you don’t already have yoga gear, it’s time to invest. Most major sports brands like Nike run deals and promotions year-round, and you can find a Nike promo code to help keep costs down. A comfortable pair of moisture-wicking pants or non-restrictive leggings will help you elevate your yoga experience and encourage you to keep going when all you want to do is binge on Netflix.
Perhaps the greatest asset to your at-home yoga routine is technology. Women’s Health magazine recently made a list of the 10 best yoga apps. Options range from 10 for full lifetime access to 20 a month or more. Do your research to determine which is best for you.
Another fun way to supplement your yoga experience is with movement-tracking video games. If you — or your kids — already own a Nintendo Switch, Yoga Master is a great addition to your exercise arsenal. As luck would have it, it was released two days after the pandemic was declared in the United States.
Read about it.
Yoga has just as much to do with the mind as it does the body. If you are not up for practice one day, you can still indulge your mental senses by scrolling through free yoga blogs to get insights on how to level up your practice or even just to stay inspired.
Whether you are a beginner or have been practicing for years, there are countless yoga moves that you probably don’t know about. How fortunate that you live in the digital age where access to information is a finger swipe away. You can easily go down the rabbit hole of interesting yoga videos — often completely free — to find a new practice, style, or method that piques your interest and motivates you to do more.
Keep track of your progress.
When you’re at the yoga studio, it’s easy to see where you are compared to other students. This is not the case when you’re by yourself at home. Utilize the tools already available to you, such as your smartphone to track your progress. Set a reminder each day to indulge in yoga, even if it’s just for 15 or 20 minutes. Stay consistent and you’ll see improvements, even if you’re out of practice.
If yoga is the thread that’s keeping you together during this stressful year, don’t let it go. Hold onto your practice tightly, and keep it with you when you are at home. From wearing the right clothing to utilizing technology to keep you moving forward, the tips above can help you help yourself when you want to maintain your yoga game without losing track of your finances.
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