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Are you losing momentum with your yoga practice?
Do you feel like making it to class is getting harder and harder as you have made the transition into your summer routine?
If so, you are not alone!
It can be tough to keep up a consistent practice when your day is already full of so many tasks and obligations. Add in beautiful weather and lots to do outside and before you know it, your routine has completely changed. We step out of our routines for many different reasons- a change of schedule, stress, boredom etc. Before you know it, after a week or two your practice starts to slide and all of these excuses not to prioritize your time for your yoga starts to sneak in.
At first, maybe yoga was another item to cross off on your to-do list. But when it becomes part of your routine you get to see all of the amazing emotional, physical and even spiritual benefits yoga has to offer. Yoga is called a “practice” for a reason- it takes time and consistency to see your yoga and subsequently your life improve.
If you are one of those who haven’t made it back to the mat in a while, don’t stress. We’ve all been there! Whether you are returning from a hiatus or trying to make yoga part of your life for the very first time, these strategies will help bring yoga into your life.
- Start off slow…
Start off easy and take your practice slow so you can focus on the important meditative aspects of yoga.
- Set your Intention- and repeat it…
Think about what brought you to your mat in the first place…Were you looking for a moment of peace, or a way to connect with yourself? Were you there to stretch your body and de-stress? Remember this is different from a goal. Think of it as an inspiration that you can grow towards. Keep repeating your intention before, during and after your practice- especially during those times where your intention feels furthest away.
- Make Time…
Despite all that is going on in your life and what you may be telling yourself, you DO have time for a yoga practice- you just have to make it. Set your alarm 15 minutes early to make a small time slot for your morning practice, schedule the time in your day as you would any other appointment, make your plans known to your family that you have a class you want to attend at a certain time and stick to it.
- Try practicing at different times of day to see what feels right for you…
Maybe you aren’t a morning person and no amount of coffee is going to fix that. Instead of getting up early for an energizing yoga session, try a Restorative or Yin class that will leave you feeling calm and centered before bed. Any time of day is a great time for your yoga practice, even if you’re squeezing it in.
- Write it down…
Nothing keeps you motivated like seeing your progress. Keep a journal about your practice, jot down when you practiced and how you felt. Add additional notes about what poses you really like, what ones need work and what kind of thoughts and feelings came up during your practice. Not only will this keep you motivated, it will also help you come to a deeper level within your practice.
- Go Easy on Yourself…
Let’s get one thing straight: There is no such thing as a perfect yogi. Set goals that you can actually meet, but don’t be hard on yourself if you can always make it to the mat. Yoga is not about attaining the perfect Handstand or Crow Pose, or what props you may or may not need, or even how far you push yourself during your practice.
Your practice is all about you. Take care of yourself, no matter what!