How to Start a Home Yoga Practice

A practical guide for learning all of the steps needed to begin practicing yoga at home
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  • Length 1.5 hours
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Have you been curious about starting a home yoga practice?

Do you love yoga...but find it hard to practice at home on your own?

It can be challenging to begin - and sustain - a home yoga practice.

In this practical, down-to-earth course, we will look at ways to set up a home yoga practice that anyone can follow.

By the end of this course, you will know exactly what to do and be able to enjoy the rich rewards of a home yoga practice.

Please note that this is not a "how to do yoga" course - but rather, a "how to start a home yoga practice" course. You will have access to a downloadable resource filled with yoga poses as well as numerous other resources to get your started in your home practice.

As a certified 500-hour yoga teacher, I've learned the value of a home yoga practice - and know about the fear and uncertainty that arises from getting on the mat at home, alone. Together we'll tackle each question, concern, and fear that may arise and by the end of the course, you'll know exactly what to do in your home practice and, even better, be looking forward to it!

In this course we will look at:

  • Why you should start a home yoga practice
  • Yoga classes vs. Home practice
  • Challenges to starting a home practice
  • The Eight Limbs of Yoga
  • Creating a space
  • Finding the right time - and length of time - for practice
  • Props and Music
  • Making a Commitment Statement
  • Tuning in to what you need each day in your practice
  • Setting an intention
  • What to do in your home practice
  • What not to do in your home practice
  • How to start and end your practice
  • Types of yoga poses
  • Some ways to approach your practice
  • Beyond asana/poses: meditation, pranayama, etc.
  • Tips for getting on the mat
  • How to evolve and continue your home practice 


There will be simple exercises throughout the course that will help you get your practice up and running.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

* Over 4,000 Udemy students since March 2016!

Lauren Lapointe is a certified 500-hour professional Kripalu yoga teacher who also holds certifications in Yin Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She is known for her joyful and heart-centered approach to yoga and strongly believes that yoga is available to everyone – all bodies and fitness levels –and is not just a physical practice but a mindful and compassionate way of life. Her classes emphasize the mind/body connection through the breath and encourage self-reflection and acceptance.

“Lauren’s dedication and love of the practice moves and motivates all who take her yoga classes.” Betsy Freeman

"When Lauren Lapointe introduced me to her gentle but challenging yoga teachings, I knew I had finally found a yoga teacher that understood not only my individual needs and challenges on the mat, but each and every student’s in the class as well. The gentle but energetic practice Lauren leads us through in class is always stimulating for not only the body but the mind as well. She reminds us to come back to the breath while we seek our own personal edge throughout the practice. Under Lauren’s instruction, I can not imagine a day without some form of yoga practice, even if it’s a 2-minute time out to remind myself to come back to the breath while I let my mind still, regroup, and meet life’s daily challenges again. Regardless of where you are in your yoga journey, beginner or life long enthusiast, Lauren will enhance your yoga practice and inspire you over and over again to return to the mat." - Nancy Alford-Gill

"I highly recommend starting any employee retreat or training program with Lauren's yoga session. The employees were able to completely relax and prepare their minds for the very busy day. Lauren's voice is soothing and she has the ability to get anyone to a relaxed state of mind." - Lesley Hanak, Vice President for Human Resources, Savannah College of Art and Design

“Lauren brings a balance of energy and calm, of yin and yang to the mat. Her Yin-Yang Yoga workshop at Dancing Dogs Yoga was an amazing, insightful, and mindful practice. We will invite her back soon!” - Shelley Lowther, owner Dancing Dogs Yoga, Savannah GA

How to sign up:
Simply click the “Take this course” button on the top right-hand side of this page – and come join the fun and the learning!

Other benefits:

  • This course is available on-demand – which means you can access it anytime.
  • This course 100% refundable for the first thirty days if for some reason you are not satisfied (and please let me know if you aren't - I am always open to feedback.)
  • You will have the opportunity to ask the instructor questions anytime! I love to interact with you so please let me know if you have any questions at all.

What are the requirements?

  • A basic understanding of yoga
  • A desire to deepen your study and practice of yoga
  • An interest in starting a home yoga practice
  • A spirit of openness and learning
  • A journal and pen
  • A yoga mat

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to begin a home yoga practice
  • Learn what to do and how to go about starting a home yoga practice
  • Inspiration and motivation to begin practicing on your own
  • Gain a sense of empowerment that comes from a home yoga practice
  • Learn how classes and a home practice can complement one another
  • Examine and conquer the challenges to starting a home yoga practice
  • Gain a greater understanding of how a home yoga practice can deepen your study of yoga
  • Learn about The Eight Limbs of Yoga
  • Learn how to create a space at home for your practice
  • Learn how to choose the best time for your practice
  • Determine how long you should practice
  • Learn about yoga props and music and how they can support your home practice
  • Receive a downloadable handout of yoga poses for your home practice
  • Access downloadable resources for props, music, books, DVDs, and websites to support you in your home yoga practice
  • Learn how to make a commitment statement
  • Learn how to tune in to what you need each day in your practice
  • Learn how to set an intention for your practice
  • Gain a deeper understanding of what to do – and not do – in your practice
  • Learn techniques to start – and end – your yoga practice
  • Learn about some of the various ways you can approach your practice
  • Learn about techniques that you can add to your yoga practice that go beyond the physical postures
  • Tips for getting on the mat
  • Learn how to evolve and continue your home practice beyond this course

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who has a basic understanding of yoga
  • Anyone who has the desire to deepen their study and practice of yoga
  • Anyone craving more of a mind/body connection in their everyday lives
  • Beginner yoga practitioners who would like to begin a home yoga practice
  • Experienced yoga practitioners who would like to refresh their home yoga practices
  • Yoga teachers who would like a refresher and/or would like to offer this to their yoga teacher trainees (please message me for more details)
  • Please note that this is NOT a "how to do yoga poses" course - but rather a "how to start a home yoga practice" course. No yoga poses will be taught in this course - although you will be given resources to further your study of yoga poses.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:24

Welcome to "How to Start a Home Yoga Practice!" Thank you so much for being here and I look forward to all of the good, rich work we'll be doing together. 

05:00

In this lesson we'll go over what to expect from this course and what will be covered.

05:26

A brief bio about me and my yoga background.

Section 2: Why Start A Home Yoga Practice
01:28

We'll talk about what we're going to go over in the section ahead on WHY start a home yoga practice.

03:24

We'll look at the different benefits to yoga classes and a home yoga practice

03:09

We'll look at some of the challenges faced when beginning a home yoga practice

03:03

We'll discuss why we want to start a home yoga practice

03:33

We'll learn about the Eight Limbs of Yoga - and how a home yoga practice fits into this

Article

We'll summarize this section on Why Start a Home Yoga Practice - and look at a practical exercise to put this into motion

Section 3: Setting Up For Your Home Yoga Practice
01:15

In this video we'll discuss what will be covered in the section above on setting up your home yoga practice - with a reminder to have fun and not get too caught up in making everything perfect.

05:30

We'll look at all of the factors involved in setting up your yoga space

04:58

We'll look at when/what time of day is best to practice

03:55

We'll look at the ideal length of your home yoga practice

04:51

We'll discuss the benefits of using props and where to find them

03:10

We'll discuss the benefit of adding music to a home yoga practice. You will find included a downloadable resource of some of my favorite yoga music recommendations.

Article

We'll summarize this section on setting up your home yoga practice and begin to prepare and set up for your own practice

Section 4: What To Do
01:21

We'll discuss what to do in detail in your home yoga practice and talk about what this section will cover.

01:56

We'll learn how writing out a commitment statement can really support our home yoga practice

03:46

We'll talk about how a home yoga practice can help you become attuned to what you need that day - and how to practice and cultivate the art of "tuning in" to what you need each day in your practice.

03:25

We'll learn how setting an intention for our practice helps to keep us focused.

06:37

We'll learn some of the more technical details about what to do in our home yoga practice.

04:25

We'll talk about injuries and other things that we need to respect and honor in our home yoga practice.

Article

In this section we looked at what to do specifically in your home yoga practice. We talked about making a commitment statement, learning how to tune in to what you need that day, setting an intention for your practice, and we looked more closely at what to do and not to do in your home practice.

4 questions

Let's test our knowledge of what to do (or not do) in our home yoga practice.

Section 5: Yoga Poses/Asana
01:12

An introduction to this section where we'll look more specifically at yoga poses/asana

02:06

We'll look at ways to begin your home yoga practice.

02:29

We'll look at ways to end your home yoga practice.

Article

We'll look generally at different types of yoga poses/asana. There is a downloadable resources attached to this lesson with a list of yoga poses sorted by type. Enjoy!

02:47

We'll look at various approaches to your home yoga practice.

03:34

We'll look at some of the deeper practices that can be nice to add and explore in your home yoga practice such as pranayama, meditation, and chanting. We'll also discuss how a home yoga practice can support our creative work.

Summary & Exercise: Pick your Yoga Poses
Article
4 questions

Let's test our knowledge about some of the things we can include in our home yoga practice.

Section 6: Sticking To The Mat
01:10

In this section we will look at some tips and tricks for getting us onto the mat - as well as ways to continue to evolve our home practice beyond this course

03:24

In this lesson we'll look at some tips and tricks for getting on the mat.

02:53

In this lesson we'll look at ways you can continue to evolve and develop your home yoga practice beyond this course

01:11

Thank you SO much for taking this course! I hope it will serve you in developing your home yoga practice. Please be sure to enjoy the bonus section at the end - and please be sure to leave a review of a course! Feel free to message me directly with any concerns/feedback etc. Thanks again!

Summary & Exercise: Pick some tips & ways to continue your practice
Article
Section 7: Bonus Section
Yoga Book Recommendations
Article
Article

A downloadable resource on where to find out more about yoga poses/asana and yoga in general

01:29

Please be sure to leave a review of the course - and thanks SO much! Feel free to message me directly with any concerns or questions.

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Instructor Biography

Lauren Lapointe, Creativity Coach, Singer/Songwriter, Yoga Teacher

* over 9,300 online students since March 2016!

LAUREN LAPOINTE is a nationally-touring singer-songwriter who had no idea that she was creative until well into adulthood. Following her instincts, she left her cushy office job and business degree behind to follow a creative way of life and never looked back. She has since released three critically acclaimed CDs, played at the nation’s top listening rooms, and received international radioplay. In addition to her music, she teaches yoga and meditation and inspires and leads others with her Creativity Coaching practice. She has conducted workshops and seminars in creativity and enjoys working one-on-one and in groups to help people realize and follow their dreams and live creative and fulfilling lives. Although she grew up in Canada she now lives in Savannah, Georgia in the Southeastern USA with her husband and an undisclosed number of cats. Chocolate is usually nearby.

“Lauren worked with me last year on my creative process and I can tell you she really gets this stuff. Her help gave a real boost to my creativity. If you are looking for help in increasing your creativity you should take this course.” – Ian Murray, Photographer

“Thanks to Lauren, I have most of the first draft of a book I had been saying I was writing for years, but had never sat down to write before.” – Amber Hadigan, Writer

“She is wonderful to work with and is helping me expand my creativity in ways I had not imagined.”– Andrew Getch, songwriter and painter

“I highly recommend Lauren’s creativity coaching. I LOVE having a cheerleader who helps me stay focused.” – Sarah Starkey, musician

YOGA & MEDITATION TEACHING: Lauren Lapointe is a certified 500-hour professional Kripalu yoga teacher who also holds certifications in Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, and in teaching meditation. She is known for her joyful and heart-centered approach to yoga and strongly believes that yoga is available to everyone – all bodies and fitness levels –and is not just a physical practice but a mindful and compassionate way of life. Her classes emphasize the mind/body connection through the breath and encourage self-reflection and acceptance. 

“Lauren’s dedication and love of the practice moves and motivates all who take her yoga classes.” Betsy Freeman

"When Lauren Lapointe introduced me to her gentle but challenging yoga teachings, I knew I had finally found a yoga teacher that understood not only my individual needs and challenges on the mat, but each and every student’s in the class as well. The gentle but energetic practice Lauren leads us through in class is always stimulating for not only the body but the mind as well. She reminds us to come back to the breath while we seek our own personal edge throughout the practice. Under Lauren’s instruction, I can not imagine a day without some form of yoga practice, even if it’s a 2-minute time out to remind myself to come back to the breath while I let my mind still, regroup, and meet life’s daily challenges again. Regardless of where you are in your yoga journey, beginner or life long enthusiast, Lauren will enhance your yoga practice and inspire you over and over again to return to the mat." - Nancy Alford-Gill

"I highly recommend starting any employee retreat or training program with Lauren's yoga session. The employees were able to completely relax and prepare their minds for the very busy day. Lauren's voice is soothing and she has the ability to get anyone to a relaxed state of mind." - Lesley Hanak, Vice President for Human Resources, Savannah College of Art and Design

“Lauren brings a balance of energy and calm, of yin and yang to the mat. Her Yin-Yang Yoga workshop at Dancing Dogs Yoga was an amazing, insightful, and mindful practice. We will invite her back soon!” - Shelley Lowther, owner Dancing Dogs Yoga, Savannah GA


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