Heather-Rae-Murphy-Photography-Yoga-Nicaragau-1People see me standing on my head all the time and hear me touting the benefits of yoga. It’s only natural I get these questions a lot: “What do you do to practice yoga at home? What should I do to start a yoga practice?”

In case you don’t know, I am almost 100% home-based in my yoga practice. Occasionally I will go to a yoga studio or join a group yoga session, but 99% of the time, I do my yoga at home, first thing in the morning.

Starting yoga is easy. You need some comfortable clothes and an exercise mat. The clothes do not have to be fancy yoga clothes. I’ve done yoga in my PJs. Sometimes this just makes me happy — so I do it. I’ve got suggestions for some of the fancy yoga mats and my personal favorite mat, but chances are, if you’re just starting out, you don’t want to invest $150 in a yoga mat. Don’t. Go to Target or TJ Maxx or Ross or whatever store happens to be close to you, and pick up a cheap mat. If you find it getting slippery in the midst of your practice, throw a towel under your hands. It’ll stop the slipping. I’ll share in another post my thoughts and suggestions for awesome yoga mats. But right now, I just want to encourage you to start. I want you to take all those barriers that may be stopping you and toss them to the side. So if getting a good yoga mat is stopping you, don’t get a good one. They’re all good enough. For reals. The TJ Maxx near my house sells them for $9.

The next questions are usually, “But how do you know what to do? Do you watch videos? Do you make your own practice? Do you just KNOW?” No. I don’t just know. I’m at a point in my practice that, yes, if I didn’t want to watch a video, I could make up my own flow, and it would be pretty solid. But honestly, I don’t do that. I watch videos.

I do yoga at 5:00am most mornings. I don’t want to think. I just want to be. I want to show up and allow someone to tell me what to do. There are some amazing yoga instructors with some amazing yoga videos available. Take advantage of all that is out there!

I have some great suggestions for yoga videos that can get you started with an at-home practice.

If you’re not ready to commit, and you just want to see if you even like yoga, YouTube is the best resource. There are some amazing teachers giving away all kinds of free yoga content on YouTube. There are some that are not so good too, but if you’re willing to look, I promise, you’ll find something awesome.

One of my absolute favorite yoga instructors on YouTube is Yoga With Adriene. Adriene has a whole series of yoga videos. She’s great at explaining poses, and I really do love her approach to yoga, which is basically that it’s your practice and you know what is best for your body, so do it your way. Her videos are of great quality also. She has an entire fundamentals series to walk you through all the fundamental poses in yoga, and she has great introductory videos all the way up to more advanced. She has a 30 Days of Yoga series that is awesome, which gives you 30 complete yoga practices. Adrienne talks about 30 Days of Yoga in the video below.

If you’re ready to take your practice to the next level, and you don’t mind paying for some videos, there are amazing instructors on a resource that I use called CodyApp. You can find CodyApp at codyapp.com, and you can download the app to your phone and/or iPad. I LOVE this service. It’s what I use almost every day. They have me hooked!

One of the awesome things about CodyApp is that they have several sample videos available on their app and YouTube, so you can get an idea of what the series is before you buy it. The instructors on CodyApp are phenomenal. I discovered many of the instructors through Instagram and later found out they have videos on CodyApp. They are some of the best of the best. I can’t say enough good things.

Here is a list of some of my favorite CodyApp instructors: Meghan Currie, Keno MacGregor, Kerri Verna, MacKenzie Miller, Briohny Smyth, and Dylan Werner. And there are many others. I highly recommend you visit their website and click through the various options to explore what they offer.

Below is a sample class from a Meghan Currie series that works you up to dancer’s pose:

I hope these videos and suggestions help you get started on your yoga journey! If there’s anything else you would like to know, I welcome questions. Yoga is truly a practice that has transformed my life, and I love to share about it!