Why I Ohm at home (& should you?)
Mar
12th

As you guys know, I practice yoga exclusively at home. Last week, I shared how exactly I do that, so this week I thought I’d talk about why and whether or not I recommend it for other people.

easy pose

1. Cost. Studios are expensive. Like, really expensive. I’ve never really been in a position financially to pay for classes, especially not when I can practice at home. This is by far the biggest factor that’s kept me away from a traditional studio practice.

2. Flexibility. As I mentioned last week, one of my favorite things about yogaglo is that I can do any kind of practice, any time I want. At a studio, if you’re in the mood for Yin but the only classes that day are Vinyasa, or you’re in the mood for Vinyasa, but the only class that fits in your schedule is Hatha, you’re out of luck. Or maybe you don’t really like all of the instructors. Or maybe you really want to focus on your hips but when you get to class you find out the focus that day is backbends. Practicing at home means I can choose a practice perfectly suited to my body’s needs that day.

chaturanga

3. Convenience. Practicing at home means no trip to and from the studio. This saves even more time (my favorite).

4. Comfort. When you’re practicing at home, there’s no comparison trap to worry about and no intimidation. Neither of these things have any place in yoga, but we live in the real world and the reality is that they both happen.

5. Time. Most, if not all, studio classes are 75 to 90 minutes, with some being an hour. That’s all fine if you have that much time, but I sure don’t. Practicing at home means if I only have 15 minutes, I can do 15 minutes. Full disclosure? I’ve never done a 90 minute class before. I tried once and ended up fast forwarding through part. In fact, until recently, I almost never practiced for more than 30 minutes. The point is, practicing at home means you can make your practice work for your schedule.

goddess pose

Is it right for you?

I’m a huge proponent of home practice, and I think it is right for everyone. If you have experience with yoga and/or you’re doing some classes with a live instructor, then I see no reason not to practice at home. The real question is whether solely practicing at home is right for you.

To answer it, you’re going to have to be really honest with yourself, because in my opinion, it comes down to one thing: how well you take form cues. Because without an instructor to physically adjust your pose, you’re relying exclusively on your own ability to make micro adjustments. And the truth is that many people struggle with this.

grasshopper pose

It comes down to your spatial awareness of your body and the strength of your mind body connection. You know if this is something that comes easily to you or not. If it does, then full steam ahead with home practice! If it doesn’t, then it may not be right for you, at least not exclusively, or not without first putting in a good amount of studio time. If you fall somewhere in between, I’d suggest doing your home practice in front of a mirror and/or taking pictures of your poses so you can see what your body actually looks like in a pose.

Questions: Home-based yogis, any benefits I forgot? Studio yogis, what do you love about practicing in a studio?

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25 comments on “Why I Ohm at home (& should you?)

  1. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Kim I loved the line how you said you had to be honest with yourself regrding it- I think that can be associated with other things like at home workouts and such- you need to motivation and taking cues- I’ve often followed workout DVDS where I chnge things up or cut it short because I’;m lazy.

    Epic poses. Epic.
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Definitely! I feel like that’s key to being successful in any aspect of fitness. Be realistic about what you like and what you don’t, what your strengths are and what your weaknesses are. There is so much out there, no reason to force yourself into something that isn’t the right fit!

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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Yeah that is an issue for me sometimes. I try to be realistic about how long I want to practice to avoid that.

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  2. erin @ The Almond Eater

    I’m with Elise on this one. I definitely still consider myself newish to yoga and I like being in a class so the instructor CAN correct my form–the studio I go to doesn’t have a mirror so without the ability to see myself I like having an instructor there to keep me in check. With that being said, I enjoy practicing at home because I can do what I want to do, and at home is where I practice any inversions. So, a combination is what I’ve been doing and what I like!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Sounds perfect to me! In the fall when I’m a real grown-up with a job, I want to go to a studio like once a week so I can get the benefit of a live instructor without totally breaking the bank.

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  3. Louise@FitRadiance

    I like the thought of going to a class to start with to get feedback, etc. But for me, at home is just so much more convenient, and money saving! I definitely couldn’t afford to take classes all the time. I find at home more relaxing too 🙂
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Exactly! I completely agree. But for people who can make a studio work, I’m sure that’s for the best!

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  4. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    hmmm I’m back and forth. When I was being super budget friendly I did it at home but now that I’ve joined a studio, I never go! I dunno. I ‘m so weird.

    I think at-home yogis almost always have spent years in studios and know how to do the poses. I listen to podcasts at home and if I hadn’t done yoga in studios before I would be so lost. I always recommend newbies to go to a studio first for a few months to get the standard poses and then move onto videos at home. Down the road podcasts are nice cause you don’t have to be staring at a screen while you’re trying to zen out!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      I definitely know what you mean. I certainly wouldn’t recommend an exclusively home practice if you have the ability (means, time, available studio, etc) to go to a live class. I realize I didn’t make that clear in my post. Having a live teacher is definitely ideal, but I think a lot of people assume that if they can’t work with a live teacher for whatever reason then they can’t do yoga at all. Doing it all at home, I’m sure I’ve learned a lot slower than I could have. Side note, I’ve never tried a podcast before but I’m intrigued that sounds so relaxing!

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  5. Kim

    The reasons you mentioned are exactly why I do all of my workouts at home. The time I save driving to and from a gym gives me an extra 30 minutes to workout – that reason alone is worth it to me!!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Definitely! I feel like with yoga there are a lot of pros to going to the studio despite the home benefits, btu for regular workouts I’m all about doing them at home!

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  6. Alex @ Kenzie Life

    I had a great studio about 2 blocks away from my apartment when I lived in Philly and I loved it there. It was definitely pricier than an at home practice, but it was far more reasonable than any other studios nearby (which is why it went bankrupt a few weeks after I moved back to CO), but I had a great instructor for my intro class who really helped me understand the proper form, which is why I’d feel comfortable doing an at-home practice now, but I don’t know if I would have felt ok starting off alone at home. I love the energy of being in a good class with a good teacher, but after trying a few classes and studios in Colorado, I gave up on the idea of finding the right studio with the right vibe. Just didn’t happen here. I’m really hoping to do some yoga on my balcony though. My new apartment has a view of the mountains and it will be so beautiful in the summer!
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  7. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily

    While I love hot yoga and look forward to getting back to that after this baby is born, I’ll also be a mom to 4 and my time will be limited at best, so most of my yoga practicing will be done at home. In studio and in home both have huge benefits 🙂
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Definitely! I feel like if you can be in a studio, that’s for the best, but if you can’t, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a yogi! 🙂

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  8. Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    So.very.true! I’ve blogged before about missing my very favorite Yoga teacher, and how I’ve modeled my own teaching like that of hers, but it’s so difficult for me to go solo. I miss the energy in a room full of people.

    I have to reallllllllllly be in the mood to get it done at home on my own. But it’s gotta get done! 🙂
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      That’s so interesting! Normally I’m SUCH a group fitness junkie, but I feel like in a yoga class I would be distracted by other students. I get distracted by the students in filmed classes on yogaglo so I can only imagine how I would be around real people!

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  9. Anna

    I used to usually prefer a studio for the “harder stuff” and at home for stretches. I do think I need an instructor for a while to help me make sure my form is correct, but ultimately, I think being able to do it at home is great and a huge money saver. Also, seeing how good you are without ever taking classes has inspired me to work on it at home! Taking photos every day has also helped immensely and I’ve pinpointed quite a few things I need to work on/correct. So go #sweathappywithyoga!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Aw thank you!! Taking pictures DEFINITELY helps. For the most part, I take pride in having good form, but sometimes I don’t realize it’s off and pictures help me catch it. 🙂

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  10. Ellie@Fit for the soul

    Woww you go girl! Those challenging poses look good to me. 😀 And I used to only like hot yoga because they seemed to be the only good ones around in terms of a group class. I didn’t like practicing by myself back then for various reasons, and the main one being that anything home based seemed too “easy”, but that’s because I didn’t look into the right resources–that’s not to sound like I’m good or anything! But most of the ones I had seen back then were too boring and chill for my liking, hehe.

    Since I’ve been loving home workouts and my new yoga routines thanks to amazing youtube instructors, I can’t think of taking a group class for a very long time! 😉 Money, baby, all those things are an obstacle to attend a class anyway, but I’m not afraid to do it at home by myself anymore. On the contrary, I become more focused and find that Ali Kamenova’s stuff is way harder than the classes I took in the past.
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      I’m so glad you found a home option that’s working for you!! 🙂 PS I owe you an email, I’ll be on it soon I promise. <3

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  11. Jess @dearhealthyness

    So far I’ve been doing at home yoga. I would love to go to a studio, but right now, the finance department doesn’t allows it. As you said, it is convenient, and has a many advantages to do at home yoga. I believe that a studio is also helpful, but while I visit one I’ll stick to home 😛
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      That’s exactly how I feel. I would love to go to a studio because I’m sure I would progress much faster, but financially practicing at home has always been my best option. I am considering trying out a studio after I move though!

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