There are so many benefits to be found from practicing yoga. Not only can it improve your flexibility, strength and increase your blood flow, it can even go a long way to making you feel happier and more content. It’s an age-old form of exercise that keeps both your body and mind healthy and all you need to get involved is a bit of space to stretch out. We’ve got some top tips on how to relax at home and get you started on a sofa yoga journey that will enhance your fitness along the way.
Bringing yoga to your sofa is a great way to get some exercise from the comfort of your own living room. All you need is a large sofa with enough space to stretch out and our top tips. It’s fun, easy, positive and most importantly, comfortable.
Yoga in your own time
Not everyone wants to go through the motions of heading to their local yoga class, especially when the weather outside is far from tropical. The best thing to do at the end of the day is to come home and get comfortable on the sofa. And the good news is you can stay in shape from right there.
Yoga is an exercise that can be done wherever and whenever. Whether it means waking up at 5am to have a workout before the kids get up for school or sneaking a session in while the TV adverts are on, all you need to practice yoga is space, time and positivity.
YouTube has thousands of fitness videos to help maintain a healthy lifestyle from home, so it’s easier than ever to find a routine you can do from home. Adriene Mishler of ‘Yoga with Adriene’ has 3.9 million yogi subscribers that tune in to her online classes at whatever time suits them best. The best thing about her videos is that she accommodates for every viewer and even offers a series on yoga for couch potatoes.
Yoga positions for your sofa
Lying across your sofa and on your stomach, all you need to do is keep your elbows under your shoulders, press your hands into the sofa and stretch your body upwards. If you’re watching TV, point your chest up towards the screen, really arching your back. This pose is great for stretching out your back and groin area.
Cow Face Pose
A little bit more twisty than others, cow face pose is brilliant for stretching out your arms and legs. To get into it, start with your legs extended in front of you and sit up straight. Then, wrap one leg over the over with your foot pointing behind you. Next bend your lower leg underneath you so that it’s pointing behind you on your other side. Finally, with one arm going over and the other going under, link your fingers together and straighten out your back.
Probably one of the easiest positions to try out is the staff pose. Just straighten your back and point your legs out in front of you, keeping your feet flexed and your hands down by your sides. That’s all there is to it and this one is brilliant for straightening up your posture.
Relax on a sofa you love
Getting into yoga doesn’t mean that you have to trek out of the house. Even a few gentle stretches can do wonders for your wellbeing, not least for its relaxing benefits, and it can introduce you to a world of relaxation and fitness. There’s nothing quite like settling down on the sofa and whether it’s for yoga or just to kick back, we understand the importance of finding the best sofa for relaxation.
Perfect for stretching out, the Brighton corner, a large sofa with plenty of space, meaning you can extend your legs and flex your toes to get increased flexibility whilst you binge box sets. The seat cushions on this fabric sofa are fittingly filled with foam and Dacron fibre that will prevent you from sinking too low when pushing into your cobra pose.
The Autograph is an equally fantastic option for sofa yoga. This large, soft sofa is not only spacious enough to accommodate your living room workout, but also features sumptuous deep cushions for sinking back into when you’re done.
Whatever the best sofa is for your living room, using it to get into yoga can be incredibly beneficial for your physical and mental health. You can stretch into relaxation without having to ever leave your comfortable living room and you can do it in your own time, in your own way.