“One becomes firmly established in practice only after attending to it for a long time, without interruption and with an attitude of devotion.”
Yoga Sutra I.14
Home yoga practice is simple. You roll out your mat, start the class on your device and you just do it. But even things easily accessible have their uphill climbs, like staying motivated. For some of us, it’s taking time out of our busy days to complete that first step, especially if you have all possible ‘life’ distractions getting in the way.
There are a number of ways to build or maintain your motivation to go on, it’s just about recognising the reason and intention of your practice, then determining the right state of mind or making necessary adjustments to embed your practice into your lifestyle.Read further for our top tips on staying motivated for home yoga practice!
State of Mind
Often when we yearn to get on our mat, it’s driven from burnout or negative feelings. Becoming present is all you need to feel better again, and a good yoga session is bound to give you that support. Remind yourself of the benefits of your practice and how it plays a role in your daily life off the mat. There’s a high chance you will find that after practice, you feel relaxed, free and happy for days to come. When you see the benefits and difference it makes in your mood/life, it’s an easy excuse to keep coming back to the mat.
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
When you regularly practice, it’s easy to make it into a habit – it becomes hard to give up and you long for more and more, especially since it’s so easy to roll out the mat at home!
The tough part is making the practice regular. So, make sure that you choose a class that you can easily attend. Whether it’s straight home from work before dinner, or a 15 minute boost first thing in the morning.
The other thing to make sure of is choosing a class or teacher that really speaks to you. Schedule that time into your routine every week and stick to it. If it doesn’t feel right, try a different time or class – trial and error leads to success after all!
Note: It’s easier to start with few classes at first, so you can build more into your schedule as time goes on.
While yoga and consumer culture aren’t exactly a match made in heaven, it’s always nice to spice up your practice area with a beautiful mat to give you a little kick of incentive. It’s worth investing in a good quality, non-slippery mat that is durable and will last a long time, ‘cause nothing’s worse than practicing on a stinky mat!
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Make Space for your Practice
Create or designate an area in your home where you feel comfortable practicing. It helps to have maximum space, natural lighting in the day, dim lighting at night, focus on setting the mood where you feel at peace. And why not decorate with some plants to bring life to your surroundings? Get creative, make it yours.
Create Time to Breathe
When you attempt to carve out a section in your day for something new, at first it seems impossible, and ironically, kind of stressful as you seem to have less time for other things. But next time you find yourself rummaging through the kitchen cupboards for snacks or sitting on the sofa scrolling through social media, remind yourself that a 20 minute salutation is much more beneficial than 20 minutes of staring at a screen!
Hopefully this helps you find the motivation you need to start – or continue – your home practice. See you in class!
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