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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