Yoga on a Budget with Rosie D'Ercole
Finding Your Flow
I’m passionate as a teacher to make Yoga as accessible as possible because it really is a practise for everyone, it’s all about finding what works for you. So I’ve teamed up with Tea+ to talk a little bit about the ways you can get stuck in regardless of your budget, experience, flexibility, schedule or mindset. You need nothing but yourself to get started.
Lean into a little guidance
Our first step in getting started is leaning in to a little guidance. If you’re reading this now you’re already halfway there. Take some time to research a few teachers and start small. There are endless online classes that are short and aimed at beginners or friendly to all levels. Try a few and see if there are any teachers you get on better with. You want someone who will strive to make you feel held and comfortable so you can explore what styles of yoga best suit you, look for teachers who embrace the roots of the practise.
When you first start yoga it’s easy to get caught up in the Asana, but this is only one of the eight limbs of yoga, and there is so much more to delve into. Moving the body is often our way to unlock what might be going on in out inner landscape, but stillness can be just as helpful.Take a moment in your day to check in with your breathing, it can be as simple as closing your eyes for just five minutes and feeling the rise and fall of your chest. Pranayama (Breath work) and Meditation can be practised anywhere and at any time for as small or as long a period as you need and are brilliant tools to calm the mind.
The asana or physical practise is where the mind might leap to when you think about yoga. Along with this might come thoughts about mats, props, activewear. While all of these things might be useful it’s important to remember that they’re far from essential.
What to wear - Start by getting comfortable; anything soft and supportive that you can move in works
Props - You don’t need all of the props, and chances are you have things dotted all around the house that can stand in and do the same job. Books can be a brilliant as blocks and cushions or pillows can double up as bolsters
Mat - A mat can be a really useful purchase but it’s not a necessity / try practising on carpet or a rug, who knows maybe you even practise in bed?
If you’re practising at home, take the time to find the space that works for you, somewhere quiet away from technology that you can return to for your practise. Maybe it’s a specific chair you sit down in to meditate, or a quiet corner to roll out your mat. Make it a ritual, light a scent that feels calming; put on music that makes you feel held; warm yourself with a cup of tea and settle in for some time to simply be present with yourself.
If you need that guidance, take a look below at some shorter online practises with me, aimed at getting you started (Including that practise in bed) -
20 MIN YOGA FOR SLEEP
30 MIN FLUID VINYASA FLOW
SITTING WITH STILLNESS MEDITATION
Rosie teaches both vinyasa flow and yin, specialising in a slower flow allowing her classes to be a safe space to explore intuitive movement, she is passionate about holding space for everyone in the room, so students can develop a deeper more personal practise.
She solidified her personal practise over six years ago when working in Fashion Design, throughout this time it helped her to cultivate a healthier relationship with her mental and physical wellbeing and she strives to facilitate this for others whilst teaching.