Putting it all together
You’ll see that your searches can include all the keywords that are relevant to your needs.
For example, if you have a bit of lower back pain, you can practice in the mornings for 15 minutes, and you’re in need of a perk-up, then your search words can reflect that: “15-minutes vitalising morning yoga for lower back pain”. See what comes up and what resonates.
These three themes are a great way to get started with developing your home yoga routine without spending hours lost in the bowels of the internet. To spice it up even more, try these tips.
Try out a few teachers
Be open to trying out a few different classes with different instructors. You will find teachers that you just don’t resonate with and that’s OK, even if those teachers have a lot of people following them. Everyone has a different teaching style.
To get started, try out some of my tried-and-tested recommendations here. These are some really skillful teachers, in my opinion, who have given me some of my most memorable classes.
Keep yourself accountable
By this, I mean planning in advance to take away the cognitive load of searching for a class each day. Personally, I save my most memorable classes to a playlist on YouTube. These playlists I have organized by time length, feeling, and pain point. One class can be saved in more than one playlist.
I then make a tentative plan for the month and paste the video link into the relevant practice days on my digital calendar. That way I don’t need to search again every time I want to practice that class. I also like to write the class name and playlist down on a small post-it note and add it to my wall calendar, so I have a double reminder.
FUN FACT: Repeating a yoga class is really beneficial. This is because you will see how the same class can feel very different on a different day, and you will be able to see how you start to feel a little better with each practice, and experiment with using props.
If planning a month in advance seems too overwhelming right now, focus on planning the next yoga class. Once you’ve completed it, immediately plan three or four options for the next one so that you can make the right choice quickly depending on the time of day and how you feel.
Keep a reflections journal
I am not one for writing about my feelings too much, so I understand if this feels a bit cringy, but it is helpful at the start. Before practice, jot down a couple of sentences about how you feel. After class, do the same. You might want to include any questions you had or anything you didn’t understand. Keep a note of how the practice made you feel, and how you felt with this teacher.
If you need some answers to your questions, you’re welcome to join my Facebook group, where no question is too foolish, and we all support each other in our practice.
- Decide on the time of day you can practice
- Focus on how you’re feeling emotionally.
- Focus on how you’re feeling physically.
- Consider how much time you can practice that day.
- Use these answers to develop your search on YouTube
- Save interesting-looking classes/classes you already enjoyed to an appropriately-labeled playlist
- Paste the class link to a digital calendar / write the class name and playlist name onto a schedule/planner
- Keep a reflections journal
If you’d like a head start with the reflections journal, click the button below for access to my FREE printout to get you started.
Until next week, much love