Practicing Yoga at Home
Many people (myself included) prefer to exercise in the comfort of their own homes. This has many benefits including privacy and the flexibility to fit in your work-outs when you have time.
While yoga can sometimes be intimidating without the assistance of an instructor, practicing in your own home will allow you the peace and solitude to really begin to feel the benefits of this wonderful exercise. However, it's extremely helpful to learn the basics with an instructor first.
Once you have the basics down, beginning practicing yoga in your own home will be much more comfortable.
Next, unless you're so familiar with yoga poses that you feel comfortable creating your own routine, you will need some sort of instruction. This can come from instructional yoga DVDs or even online and interactive programs.
When you're ready, be sure that you have a quite place where you won't be disturbed. Yoga is built around being calm and centered which is difficult to do when the dog is barking and your children are screaming for ice cream. However, don't worry about making time for a super long workout. Often 10-15 minutes will suffice, especially in the beginning.
To stay focused on your goals, try to make yoga a normal part of your routine. This will allow you to feel the benefits (including reduced stress!) on an ongoing basis.
Please Note: While yoga is a great exercise and can bring improvements to your health and well being, it isn't right for everyone. Doing the exercises incorrectly can cause injury and you should never push yourself if it doesn't feel right. As always, be sure to get your Doctor's approval before beginning this or any exercise program.