It’s been a hot minute since I wrote a Yoga themed blog post but considering the absolute bloody state of this year so far, I figured a restorative yoga at home related post might come in quite handy for a lot of people who are completely and utterly drained by 2020. Including yours truly. I mean, come New Years Day, we’re all going to look back and wonder whether we hallucinated the whole damn thing.

Restorative Yoga At  Home

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If you’ve been reading my blog for long enough, you know that I never miss the opportunity to big up Yoga and preach about how beneficial it is. I try NOT to sound too preachy but it’s hard when something feels SO GOOD and you want other people to experience the amazing benefits from it that you get. I know, I know, Yoga isn’t for everyone. I’m fine with it. I promise.

My restorative Yoga at home has played a huge part in the last few months for me. I’ve always said that as soon as I roll out and step on my mat, all my worries tend to slip away. It’s one of the only times in the day where I feel totally myself. Where I feel completely safe. And utterly supported and connected to the Universe and powers that be. But in 2020, that’s become even more prevalent in my life.

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Yoga is one of my favourite forms of self care. And if you’re ready to try some restorative Yoga at home but perhaps you don’t know where to start, then this post is for you. I’m going to be sharing some of my tips for practicing restorative Yoga at home as well as some Yoga With Adriene recommendations I think you’ll love!

Tips for doing restorative yoga at home:

Restorative Yoga At Home

Get mega comfortable for your practice

This is restorative Yoga at home. No cameras. No other people. No-one to impress. So make sure you’re extra comfortable in what you’re wearing to really make the most of your practice. Thing comfiest lounge-wear, hoodies if it’s chilly or even just doing it in your pajamas.

Bring something extra

For comfy and cozy Yoga, I always like to bring something extra. When I know I’m not stepping on my mat for the purpose of a workout or power Yoga, I love to take it super easy and get extra cozy. So you might consider lighting a candle, grabbing a blanket or making a cup of herbal tea to compliment your practice.

Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed

As with anything relaxing, you don’t want to be disturbed or surrounded by noise and mayhem. That’ll do the complete opposite of what you’re hoping for! So for your restorative practice, try and find somewhere quiet or at least tell the people in your house not to disturb you for the duration of your practice.

Don’t be scared of your emotions

With restorative Yoga practices, I find that I feel more emotions. Whilst during power Yoga, I’m more focused on the poses and what my body is getting out of it, during restorative Yoga it’s allll about the emotions and how you’re feeling. So if you find you’re getting emotional for whatever reason, don’t fight it. Let it come.

Restorative Yoga At Home

5 restorative Yoga at home practices to try:

Yoga With Adriene is my go-to when it comes to at home Yoga practice. She is the QUEEN of the at home practice and I am so dedicated to her practices, it feels wrong when I use anyone else! Although I have no doubt that there are many other incredible online Yoga teachers out there. She has a vast range of practices on her YouTube channel but below I’ve recommended 5 restorative practices that will help you switch off, de-stress and relax.

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Restorative Yoga At Home

Yoga for Healing and Meditation – 28 minutes: This is one of my favourite practices to do. Like, of ALL her practices. And she has A LOT. It’s so calming and relaxing and really helps you go inwards and focus on you and your breath. I love to do this practice at night before bed, which have have an incredible affect on your quality of sleep.

Yoga To Slow Your Roll – 16 minutes: This is a great little practice that requires little effort and not much time, so it’s ideal to fit into a busy day. You get some really get stretches in the legs and lower back during this practice and it’s designed to help you slow down. Which I think is something we ALL need to help us start living a more intentional lifestyle.

Yoga for Relaxation – 33 minutes: I mean, it does what it says on the tin. Yoga to help you relax. And golly gosh, don’t we all need to freaking RELAXXXX a bit after this year so far? I remember doing this practice a lot in the beginning, when I was suffering really bad with my anxiety.

Yoga for Vulnerability – 35 minutes: This video was released at just the right time and I remember practicing this one right at the start of lockdown and it was absolutely perfect for how I was feeling at that moment in time. Although things have changed and we’re starting to get used to this new normal, we all feel vulnerable at times.

Yoga To Heal Stress – 20 minutes: A great little practice to help you heal stress. Whatever stress you have in your life. This is a short one, so handy to fit into your busy day as well. It’s a really sweet practice that will help you remember to put yourself first.

Do you practice restorative Yoga at home? Have you found in beneficial during this stressful time? Let me know!

90 Comments

  1. I used to think yoga wasnโ€™t for me, but Iโ€™m so grateful I found the practice. Itโ€™s really changed my life. I really like Yoga with Adriene, too. Iโ€™m also a fan of Yoga with Tim and Breathe and Flow Yoga.

  2. I absolutely love Yoga. I fell in love with it during lockdown and have really enjoyed it ever since. I’m wanting for the other half to go back to work next week so that I can practice it in peace.

  3. Yoga really does the magic for me I get to be calm and relaxed when stress kicks in thank you for the recommendations. Just started excising for weight loss two days now. So I’m not sure which one to start with since I’m used to doing yoga every morning. Not sure whether to do yoga in mornings and gym later any advice?

  4. I’ve loved doing yoga the last few months but I’ve definitely slacked off recently as we’ve had so much going on. Will definitely be starting it back up again soon xx

  5. I would really like to get into Yoga, I keep telling myself that I want to give it a go but never actually do it! It does sound super relaxing, I feel like it would be great to do when I’m feeling anxious or I’ve after I’ve had a long day at work. I have been loving doing my daily workouts though, it really has helped me get through this crazy year! xx

  6. I tried yoga but had a hard time sticking with it. I tend to start new projects but have a very hard time following through with them. I am interested in yoga again since my anxiety is really, really bad these days.

  7. Great post! There has never been a better time for people to take time for themselves and relax! New routines, new habits…every little bit of change makes a difference. Yoga and candles, yoga, and a good book to read afterward…Whatever it takes! Thank you for sharing all your good ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thank you so much for this! I was really good at doing yoga at home when lockdown first started and then it fell by the wayside. I wouldn’t even know where to look for the best restorative ones, so I’ll be definitely making use of your playlist, thank you!

  9. I havenโ€™t done restorative yoga! I have been doing a lot of light stretching and running recently. I might need to try this one to have a better day ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, Jen! Sounds very interesting x

  10. I practice mindful meditation, but I haven’t tried Yoga yet. I’ve read so many things about it and I do think Yoga is beneficial, and I want to try if it works for me too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love lighting candles. Thanks for sharing this, Jenny! xo

    1. I’ve never really been able to get into Yoga at home so I’ll give these ones a try, getting cosy at the same time is a big selling point haha!x

  11. I haven’t ever done restorative yoga before but it sounds interesting. I have been doing a lot of pilates at home recently and I always feel so much better when I do that!

  12. The rhythm of yoga itself is so relaxing, and I love that is encourages us to think and feel and to simply breathe. Those three things together combined with intentional movement are beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I try to practice yoga as often as possible. I’ve found that it really benefits my mental and physical health. Yoga With Adriene is amazing! I discovered her videos right at the beginning of sheltering at home, and it was totally life-changing. This post was great!

  14. I’ve recently been looking into yoga as a mindful practice- and it’s so good for you! Thank you for these tips, and ideas for yoga routines to try at home. I’ll have to check some of these out.

  15. I think I first found out about Yoga with Adrienne on one of your previous posts, so thank you! I’ve fallen off the yoga wagon, but your links make me want to take a baby step back into it.

  16. If only we could all wake up on New Years Day and the bad bits of 2020 were just a bad dream! I don’t practice yoga, as you know, but I always love reading your yoga posts because I enjoy hearing how it helps you (and others). My garden does something similar for me, so I guess it’s all about finding what works best for you ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. I challenge you to do some Yoga in your garden! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Tbf I always do Yoga in the garden and I find it even more beneficial sometimes, feeling the air and the sun on me! Gardens can be so relaxing, as you know I’m sure!

  17. Love this post, Iโ€™m looking forward to trying some of these links, I love lighting candles When Iโ€™m doing my yoga. I do most of mine. In bed as Iโ€™m pretty much stuck there but I have a fairly good routine going on. Thanks for sharing this!

  18. I absolutely love yoga – I recently got into it because my legs were aching so much from running and I thought, what the hell! But it has totally transformed my workouts and my overall wellbeing!
    Rosie

  19. I don’t know about waiting until new year to wonder if I’ve hallucinated the whole thing!

    I know I have said it before but I really do need to get on board with Yoga. I have to say this sounds more me than power Yoga. I think I need to make time to really connect with myself.

    I know I am burying a huge amount of emotion, even Rob tells me that it is not good for me and I need to start feeling my emotions. I am going to check out your suggestions x

    1. These practices are great for slowing down and connecting with yourself, for sure! That’s the great thing about Yoga, is there’s practices for everyone! Sometimes Yoga can get you really emotional. I’ve done practices before and just started sobbing during it but that’s okay!

  20. I know I’ve said this a million times before but I really need to make more of an effort to try some yoga and actually be consistent with it. It’s an amazing option for home workouts though! Thanks for the video suggestions, I’ll be sure to check some of them out x

    Sophie

  21. Oh I absolutely love Yoga. I’ve decided to do the 30 Days Of Yoga series from Yoga With Adriene and it’s been amazing. not Only does my body feel awesome, but I feel like it’s helping me settle down. And you’re right, 2020 is like the worst nightmare that just refuses to end. Thank you for the tips, I’ll definitely try those videos out. Adriene just makes Yoga feel like a journey, and I love how calm she is and how she always makes it a point to remind her viewers that you don’t have to be expert to do her videos. I adore her.