Ideas for Kicking Up the Home Practice?

I love yoga (you might have guessed), and I used to have a good home practice.  But, then I started practicing more at the studio and home practice fell by the wayside.  I’m not really sure what it is.  I have a hard time getting started at home and then a hard time staying with it.  I’ll put it off to the point where it seems to late, or get started and then distract myself with laundry and chores.  I have a good place for it, or at least a large space, so that’s not the reason.  My basement was finished a year and a half ago, and there is a large open space in the back of the room where I have some yoga mats, blocks, and blankets.  Going down into the basement isn’t my favorite thing (but again, I don’t really know why, other than that it is a little chilly and it’s where the laundry lives), so  maybe that’s some of it, but it can’t be all of it.

I’m thinking about doing some things to perk up the basement space and seeing if that might help.  My husband, Derek, got me a very cool poster (  from for our anniversary, so I need to get a frame and put it on the wall.  Then, maybe a little table with some incense and some sort of music playing device.  And, maybe I need to finally get around to fixing up the sewing area down there, so I don’t distract myself from yoga by thinking “dang, that space looks like crap!”   I haven’t quite decided whether I need a desk or just to  cover the table and do something with the big metal file cabinet, but… see how I get distracted by it?!

What do you do to keep up your home practice?

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4 Responses to Ideas for Kicking Up the Home Practice?

  1. YogiCrystal says:

    My home practice is definitely not at it’s best either. I can usually start pretty easily, but then I won’t yoga as long as I would in class – usually max a half hour at home! That’s not great, but I think it’s better than nothing. 🙂 I agree about the space though, it has to look nice for you want to spend time & relax there. I don’t have ideal space either, but hopefully someday I will. I’d like to think my home practice would get a little better if I actually enjoyed the space I am in. Good luck!!
    (If this comment is a little incoherent I apologize, I haven’t had my morning coffee yet LOL)

  2. We have a spare bedroom upstairs that is my designated yoga room ( When I returned from YTT in 2006, I made a big deal of rearranging everything in there so I would be able to comfortably continue the daily yoga practice I had established at Kripalu. I don’t do full daily practices anymore, but every morning I do start with some basic sun salutes. If I feel the urge to do a full 60- to 90-minute practice and I don’t have the mental energy to “conduct” the class myself, I always turn to a yoga podcast from iTunes; my favorites are Baptiste Power Yoga with Philip Urso and Vinyasa Yoga with Nathan Johnson. iTunes is a great resource for audio-only podcasts (I don’t like video ones; too much neck-craning), many of which are recorded live during their classes, so it feels like you are actually part of a group and not following along to some ethereal-sounding yoga master.

    I used to decorate the yoga room with cheap candles from the Dollar Store, but ever since one glass tealight holder cracked and started to smoke/burn, no more fire for me! :-/

    • Lorin says:

      I love your yoga space! You’ve inspired me. Of course, now I have several things in my cart at Amazon that I have to get to create my little area 😉 But, I certainly have books-a-plenty!

  3. My home practice is pretty non existent other than a few random poses. I live in a studio so it is tight. My malas, mini buddha and saraswati inspire me to be more yogic.

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