Just like with any other healthy activity, it can be difficult to form good habits with yoga. Some people find it difficult to commit time to go to class on a regular basis, and others have a hard time forming habits that help them improve their practice.
No matter what type of habit you’re trying to build in yoga, there are a few tricks you can use to make it easier.
Meditate Off The Mat
Extending your yoga practice off the mat might be too much to ask for, but you can use some of the techniques in your personal time. Meditation is proven to be useful and healthy, so there’s no reason not to commit yourself to some extra meditation.
By meditating off the mat, you’ll help your mind prepare for yoga practice while also reaping the benefits of meditation. A few minutes of meditation should help motivate you to get back to class!
When you try and make positive lifestyle changes, it helps to make small changes in every part of your life. If you want to get more out of yoga, you might want to consider changing up your diet.
When you eat healthier, you give your body more natural energy to work with. Combine this with yoga, and you’ll immediately start feeling better both physically and mentally.
Slow Things Down
When you practice yoga, you deliberately move slowly. This helps you get the most out of every stretch and pose while also keeping your mind focused on the practice at hand.
Try slowing things down in your day-to-day life. Everyday life can be hectic, and most of us tend to rush through everything we do to get to our free time. Instead of rushing, try slowing down and being more deliberate with your tasks. This will keep you mentally fresh, and you’ll give yourself fewer excuses on why you should skip your yoga class.
Use Equipment You Like
A lot of people use equipment they don’t like when they practice. While this might not seem like a big deal, it can detract from the overall purpose of yoga.
By wearing the perfect clothes, using the right mat and getting the best accessories, you give yourself less to think and worry about. This gives you more energy and time to focus on what really matters – you on the mat.
Do Yoga Poses That Speak To You
Maybe the reason you’ve been skipping yoga class is that you don’t feel that you’re getting enough out of the practice. There are tons of types of yoga, and there’s a good chance that some of them aren’t meant for you.
Think about what got you into yoga in the first place and go back to that. This can be a pose, stretch or flow that you fell in love with early on. Practice this in your free time, and maybe even take a break from classes for a little bit.
By spending time on the poses you like, you should be able to tap back into the drive that got you started with yoga. Even doing a few poses in your free time is better than abandoning yoga entirely.
Good habits aren’t formed overnight, but you have to work toward them to form them. These little changes should help put you on track to form better yoga habits on and off the mat!