In honor of our 21 day yoga challenge (that starts in only 2 more sleeps!!) I decided to share a few tips on how to stick with your yoga practice. I have both a home practice as well as a studio practice so I’ve been there, I’ve used every single one of these. So don’t feel alone! It’s a regular occurrence for us all.
Let’s take a minute to reflect on a few of those pesky reasons why we haven’t done yoga:
- Not taking and/or making the time to attend a yoga class or do your home practice
- Feeling sore from a previous workout or yoga class
- Feeling tired and/or lack of motivation
- Overwhelmed with life and to-do’s
- For a home practice, not having the knowledge or ideas of what poses you should do
- Feeling frustrated that you are not progressing like you want to or think you should be
- Feeling bored with your classes or home routine
- Paying for yoga is not in the budget
Remember, we all have the same 24 hours in a day. How you prioritize your time is completely up to you.
I encourage you to make yoga part of your daily routine. Incorporate it in a way so that it is enjoyable, beneficial, and fits in with your life so it doesn’t feel like a burden to unroll your mat and take some time for you. Here are a few tips to help:
- Be kind to yourself! Listen to your body. Start with poses that work for YOU and YOUR BODY…THAT DAY.
- Set time aside for your practice each day. Whether it’s the same place, same time everyday or a time of day you know there will be no distractions or interruptions. Be flexible, if it didn’t happen in the morning as you had planned, do it later in the evening.
- Let go of expectations, avoid a negative mindset when you are practicing.
- Practice regularly. It is more beneficial to have a regular yoga practice than to push yourself harder because you didn’t practice the previous day.
- Be familiar with what you are practicing. Start with the basics and progress from there. Attend classes, use books, the internet, DVD’s or email your favorite yoga teacher for help and ideas 😉
- Rest between poses if you need to. Nothing in yoga should be rushed, if you are straining yourself your body interprets this as trouble and stress. You will not get the benefits of the poses if your body is in survival mode.
- Fit yoga into your day at any time! There are poses can do anywhere (without attracting unwanted attention to yourself), inhalation and exhalation exercises and even minutes of quiet reflection. They all add up, they all make a difference.
- Remember this is a journey and not a destination. There will be days where you see and feel improvements and there will be days when you may not. Give it time. With every practice you will become more fit, flexible, strong, confident, and balanced both physically and mentally. And most importantly, you will have done something good…just for you <3
-Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.