Ramdesh Kaur, MA, is an IKYTA Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher trained by Gurmukh.

She is the Director of Marketing for Spirit Voyage and writes extensively on yoga, spirituality and mantra. She hosts the show “Spirit Voyage Radio with Ramdesh” on Unity FM, one of the Top 100 Itunes Podcasts, and leads Spirit Voyage’s 40 Day Global Sadhanas, which bring together 20,000 meditators from 65 countries.

Before working with Spirit Voyage, she was the residential Kundalini yoga teacher at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India in the Himalyan foothills, and has a Master’s Degree from the Courtauld Institute in London.

She is the author of “Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart” with Karan Khalsa and has three best selling guided meditation CDs “Journey into Stillness”, “Relaxation Meditations”, and “Stress Relief Meditations” (with crystal singing bowl master Ashana) all available on Spirit Voyage, ITunes and Amazon.

She teaches at festivals internationally and leads powerful personal creativity retreats in Mexico with her partner Harnam Singh, an accomplished mantra musician.

www.ramdesh.com

21 responses to “10 tips for practicing yoga at home”

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  2. Natalie

    Great article! I’ve also written an article about finding your home yoga practice. If you’re interested you can view it at http://www.nourish-mindbody.net/?p=41

  3. sapna s padol

    I love to do yoga but how to start first

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  8. Den, from the Yoga for Beginners Blog

    Thanks for the post. I don’t think you need lots of tools unless you are too weak or too inflexible yet. I started doing yoga with only a mat, and I barely use anything these days. But I agree that for some people using props may be helpful. I also wrote a post with tips for making one’s home practice better. You can read it here: http://anadi.net/660/tips-for-doing-yoga-at-home/

  9. iloveyoga

    Yoga wear is also an important consideration as body flexibilty is very important during yoga or any fitness training.

  10. jaya

    gooooooooooooooood but risk

  11. cheng

    Hi, I’m chengcheng from Singapore.An amazing community here for yoga learning

  12. Lou

    I took about ten yoga lessons, which was enough to see that an instructor is vital to serious yoga practice. Unfortunately, that can get prohibitively expensive for some of us. Can you suggest a good approach that addresses quality and affordability?

    1. Liz McCollum

      Hi Lou!

      I think there are several good options for those who want to practice yoga while also honoring their finances. As someone who rarely takes live classes, I think it’s quite possible to develop a serious yoga practice from home. It just requires a good deal of commitment and a healthy dose of being careful!

      Depending on where a person lives, there may be a number of options that would allow one to take regularly scheduled studio classes. You might look into whether or not yoga studios in your community have some sort of work-study exchange – many teachers are happy to do something like this so that yoga is accessible to more people. Some studios also have community classes at discount rates, and/or classes taught by those in teacher training. There are more and more yoga studios popping up in bigger cities that are donation-based studios, again as an effort to ensure that yoga is affordable for anyone who wants to learn. Another option might be to investigate whether any local studios offer free meditations – the Kundalini yoga studio in my city does sadhana daily (for free) and a free 62 minute meditation every evening. For those who are able, that’s 3.5 hours of yoga for free every day!

      If there is no way to take a regularly scheduled class at this time, I would recommend investing in several good dvds. Personally, I am partial to Gurmukh’s dvds because I enjoyed the live classes I have had the opportunity to take with her on a couple of occasions. But any yoga dvd you enjoy from a reputable teacher can be beneficial. You can rotate through them, or do one for 40 or 90 days as a sadhana. Also, Anne Novak is a Kundalini yoga teacher who has made several great videos for Spirit Voyage, which you can find sprinkled here and there on the blog and also on youtube.

      I think the style of yoga you do can also make a difference. Because Kundalini yoga is based so much on the movement of energy within individual bodies, studying from dvds can be quite fulfilling. If you’re interested in hatha styles like vinyasa or Iyengar, I think supplementing a home practice with a teacher whenever possible is important. One or two classes a month to work on refinement, and to ensure that you have correct alignment when you practice can make your home practice more beneficial.

      I hope some of these suggestions help!

      Liz

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    Hi..i am Siswati from Indonesia. nice blog :)

    1. Samantha

      Hi, thanks for these tips. While practicing at home is a good idea. I think it will be better to start at a yoga studio first and then after we are sure enough to practice it safely by self, then we should start practicing on our own. Thanks for these tips again.

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