So this is funny. My morning practice area has been everywhere from sitting next to the washing machine, to my bedroom, the living room, the kitchen and even in the bathroom (when I am on a surf trip with my son and have to be quiet because he is sleeping) hahahaha. Wherever I can sit with a cushion and a mat (even folded up in half). You don’t need that much room.
The most important thing is to have a little pillow or something to sit on so that your spine is straight. This is important because if you are tight in the hamstrings etc., you will hunch or curve your lower back and hips. When you sit on a cushion it straightens your spine.
When I first started I was very curved. This will get better as you relax those tight muscles in your hamstrings and hips. The space should have enough room to straighten your legs and to be able to stand up and move a bit.
Remember as you begin this no matter what your level is or what your body’s limitations are, this is a practice for everyone. It is not a “perfect” science. It is about progress and doing what you can and feeling fantastic about that. That was a big mind shift for me. Not beating myself up for being tight and antsy but doing what I could and every day getting a little more flexible, a little calmer, and a little quieter in the mind. That is the big payoff that keeps me coming back day after day. It is worth it.
Courtney Gebhart, Life Coach, Kundalini Yoga teacher, and Human Being.