When there’s work to be done, dinner to be made or laundry to be washed, it’s all too easy to place our home yoga practice on the back burner. We know how amazing we feel after we've practiced, so why do you create obstacles that keep us off the mat? How can we cultivate a consistent practice? It's really not as difficult as you think. We just have to get out of our own way.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you schedule your mat time this week.
1. Make Yourself and Your Practice A Priority
One of the first excuses we tend to make when we don’t keep up with our practice is that we don’t have the time. Often times we are caught in the cycle of putting everyone else's needs before our own. Creating consistency and staying motivated means we must put ourselves first. Sure, we’re all busy. But it’s always possible to find a little bit of time for the things that matter most to us.
What if you woke up just twenty minutes earlier to fit in sun salutations and a five-minute meditation? Or perhaps limiting time on social media or TV would provide the space in our schedule needed to hit the mat. If we make our practice a priority, it will help to eliminate the excuse that we’re “too busy.”
Remember, your health is one of the most important things in life. Taking care of your mind, body and spirit will make you better at your work, in your relationships, and in your life. Yoga is one of the best ways to nourish every aspect of your well-being.
2. Schedule It In—And Then Commit
If you make yoga a part of your daily routine, then it will be much easier to stay consistent on a regular basis. Write it down in your schedule—and then commit to showing up. Take a moment and look ahead to your week. Have you taken time to schedule yourself, FIRST? Like I said, we often do for others before we do for ourselves. It's a pattern for many of us that we should take a serious look at.
It will take time to create a new habit, but you're here in this membership for exactly that reason, to stay consistent and motivated and to have the flexibility in your practice. With dedication, your home yoga practice will become as regular as taking a shower or making dinner.
3. Let Go Of Attachment
This is a huge place where many people (including myself) block ourselves from a consistent practice. We have this idea that our yoga practice should look a certain way. I say forget everything you think you know about yoga and just start. There are already several classes in our online library for you to practice and it grows every week. If you have 30 minutes then practice 30 minutes. If you have ten, then practice ten. Look go of the "ideal yoga" practice and just do it! And be grateful for the journey it takes you on!
4. Take Action
Now for the hardest of all: it’s up to YOU to take action!
Take the time right now to go through these action steps and commit to a consistent yoga practice for the next thirty days. Actually, write in your schedule when you will commit to practicing yoga. Do not wait until it’s easy or all of the stars align; simply put, there is never a perfect time to begin anything. But by taking action TODAY, you will be well on your way to the consistent yoga practice you desire.
If I would have waited for all the stars to align I wouldn't be a Yoga Teacher right now. I'd still be sitting in a cubicle, waiting for the right time to jump!