We’ve touched on yoga in the past – talking about how it can benefit you and how you can practise mindfulness during your sessions – but with so many people spending time at home lately, we thought we’d detail the best ways to get the most out of your yoga flow. Whilst under normal circumstances you’d be able to utilise our Melbourne-based bus hire service to travel the countryside and partake in yoga classes at a winery/resort, there’s no reason why you can’t get some practice in whilst you’re at home. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced yogi – the following tips are designed to ensure a rewarding yoga session every time.
1. Set an intention
Similar to a mantra – though perhaps not as repetitive – an intention is something you set as your goal before every practice. It could be anything that you’re hoping to improve on such as Acceptance or embracing change for example. It’s important to look within and find things you’d like to improve on or think you can benefit from. Remember, yoga isn’t just about bettering your physical appearance and strength, but also your mind and soul – bettering your attitude and way you carry yourself in the process.
2. No heavy meals before practise
Try to keep pre-yoga meals light as something heavy will cause discomfort in numerous poses. This is a pretty general rule before any sort of workout. If you do consume a large meal, then allow a couple of hours to digest properly before launching into your yoga routine. A nice acai bowl with a variety of fruits or a delicious smoothie are safe options – especially the smoothie which will allow you to indulge in something a bit more substantial post-practise.
3. Clear your mind
One of the fundamentals of yoga is having a clear mind – some people can find this difficult so it’s important to create an environment around you that will help put your mind at ease and allow a deep and clear stream of peace and relaxation to flow through your thoughts – carrying away any worries or things that may stress or tamper with your newly found state of mind.
Try practising in different parts of your home to find the right place for you. If you’re following your own, unguided routine then add some relaxing music into the mix to see if that works for you. If the weather allows it, practise outdoors on your balcony or in your yard. The fresh air and natural environment may give you some fresh inspiration and help you relax your mind even further. Try out different things to find what works right for you.
4. Invest in a yoga mat
Whether you’ll be lying down predominantly during your flow or simply need the extra grip – a yoga mat is one investment you won’t regret. They vary in prices and size – starting at $10 and soaring up to $150+ but you’ll be able to find one that suits you and your level anywhere in between. The two standard available thicknesses are 3mm and 5mm – with the thicker variety appealing to those that generally practise on harder surfaces and will be lying down more-so. 3mm mats are considered to be all-rounders. Another thing to consider is that the thicker the mat, the heavier it will be which may factor in if you’re planning to travel with it in the future.
5. Study up
It’s one thing to know that yoga will improve your body, mind and soul – but it’s another thing to understand exactly how it does that. Do some research on the art behind some of the poses and techniques and learn their purpose. Then, next time you incorporate them into your flow you can see if it’s truly doing what it’s meant to. You may find that some micro-adjustments are needed for you to truly get the most out of your poses.
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Whilst travel is currently being restricted to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Melbourne on the Move is still here to offer you sound advice on your favourite topics such as wine, cheese and, of course, yoga. That way, when the restrictions do ease you can hire a bus with a group of friends and explore Victoria – finding great wineries or spending some time at a lavish accommodation where you’ll be able to show off your mad yoga skills in a chic class.
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