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Is it just me, or has this week c r a w l e d by?
Maybe it’s the rainy weather making me extra sleepy and sloth-like slow, but I’m super glad it’s Saturday, my dudes. This week I want to dive a little more into my yoga practice and talk about one of the most challenging aspects of yoga –having a consistent yoga practice.
Notice how I didn’t mention a particular pose or contortion you need to pretzel your body into.
I and many yogis can all agree that one of the most challenging aspects of yoga is simply creating a consistent yoga practice. When you put it in writing it doesn’t seem like much. Get on your damn mat! However, when you’re faced with the decision to get your heart rate up at a sweaty yoga class or watch The Bachelor with a glass of wine, it’s pretty easy to choose the latter.
For everyone looking to get started doing yoga, or for those who have been doing it for a while but want to create the habit, I’ve listed a few tips below to guide you into forming a more consistent yoga practice.
How to Create a Consistent Yoga Practice:
1. Get on your damn mat!
Have you ever made plans in advance, only to wake up pissed off and not wanting to follow through?
You try and convince yourself you need to cancel, coming up with every semi-decent excuse in the book. But alas, you’re too nice, and won’t bail even though nothing would make you happier than sitting at home with a clay facemask on watching The Office for the 18th time through.
But then you go out and have an awesome time. You catch up with an old friend you haven’t seen in a while, and you feel slightly sh*tty for being stubborn earlier. That’s sorta how going to yoga feels. You don’t want to go but you know after you’ll be glad you did.
2. Build Yoga into Your Routine
To find a consistent yoga practice, you need to find a slot in your schedule and keep it there. Work that sh*t into your daily routine ladies (or gents)! Before your morning shower, try some sun salutations to wake up your body, or bring your yoga gear to work and find a studio nearby for a quick yoga lunch break, or a post-work practice. It takes 21 days to make a habit!
3. Don’t Stress if You Skip Some Days
That might seem like it contradicts the previous statement, but hear me out here, folks. Tell those people who say there’s plenty of time every day to exercise to f off because life happens. Events or other occasions will pop up that take the priority over that day’s yoga practice. To admit that is taking the first step in the right direction.
A few years ago, my New Years Resolution was to do yoga every single day. I started out super excited and consistent, but by the time March rolled around, it had felt more like a chore, and less like a time to unwind and de-stress from the day’s work.
Moral of the story, it’s okay and probably a good thing to take a day off here and there.
4. Write Down Your Objectives
I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but writing down your goals has been statistically proven to be more effective in actually achieving them. Creating and writing down a well-defined and achievable goal will better your chances of creating a consistent yoga practice.
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5. Invest in Your Practice
Money is a motivator, whether you want to earn it or spend it. Luckily, investing in a consistent yoga practice is essentially investing in yourself.
Sometimes, paying for classes or a monthly yoga pass is exactly what you need to get yourself on your mat. Especially if you’re budgeting hard like me, paying for yoga classes is treating yo-self, and you can’t afford to waste a single penny on something not worth your while.
I recently bought a Manduka Eko Yoga Mat, and I’ve never been more excited to try it out.
6. Find a Yoga Group/Buddy
Get yourself a yoga #squad. Whenever I feel unmotivated I reach out to friends who encourage me to get active and get my yoga on. Finding a fellow yogi friend or family member will definitely help you get a consistent yoga practice going!
The hardest part of yoga is not bird-of-paradise or a fancy schmancy handstand variation, but rather just getting yourself motivated and on your mat.
What have you done to create a consistent yoga practice?