So, you have started trying out yoga classes out there near your place, and at home yoga class… but you just can’t seem to find the time or the energy to continue practicing yoga consistently nowadays. And you’re not sure how to get the motivation to be back on your mat. It’s okay, yogi, I feel you.
Yoga is just like another good habit that you try to pick up. You know that it’s good for you but you can’t seem to stick to it. It does take some practice, and most importantly self-discipline in order to stick to the routine.
Even if you’re practicing yoga 2 to 3 times a week, I would really recommend to practice it every day. Yes, every day. You will and see the difference if you take this path.
But how to make it seemed like less of a burden? I’m gonna share with you on how to stick to yoga in your daily life like a pro! 🙂
P/s: To get more different routine, check out my review on Alo Moves here.
Know Your WHY & Remind Yourself
The first thing that you need to do is to look inside and remind yourself why you want to start yoga in the first place. If your answer is to look good on Instagram, I’m afraid that won’t stick for too long.
You need to find the reason deep within you, the longing for a better lifestyle, the longing to feel happy with yourself, to be grateful and open to life, to even become a brand new person! Or it can simply be that you’ve always been busy and would like to spend some time and focus on yourself, or simply to lose weight. Whatever it might be, you need to find, know and remind yourself on your WHY. Why you started yoga.
You also can try to remember and remind yourself of the feeling that you get after yoga practice or class. What do you feel? Does it make you feel good and liberated? If it does, remind yourself of that too. Try to find that liberated person again. Often times, we forget the reason why we start something. We just have to keep reminding ourselves to keep going.
Some simple tricks that I’d like to do to remind myself to practice yoga;
- Putting up a wallpaper saying “Love Yourself Today” or anything that will remind you to take care of yourself. & you will know by that, that you should spend some time pampering and focusing on your body and mind at the end of the day.
- Block a time in your calendar to slot in your yoga practice. I personally like to do this for not only yoga but a lot of other things in my daily life – especially for the things that I like or usually procrastinate. And yes, yoga included.
- Unrolling my mat right after I get back from work to trick myself or rather to remind myself to start yoga no matter how tired or lazy I am that day. I can shower, eat and do basically anything first and at the end, before I go to bed I’ll give my mat a 20 minutes practice. Since you already see that your mat has been unrolled and is just there waiting for you, it’ll motivate you a little 🙂
- Having a specific place for you to practice yoga at home. Successful habits are when you dedicate a place – can be a desk, a nook, a chair that has a specific role in your daily life. So I’d suggest getting a nook or just a place at your home for you to do yoga. Put your yoga mat and other props there (or even crystals) near it so you can easily get to practice. This will remind yourself of your yoga practice everytime you pass through/see the place 🙂
Try these tricks and let me know if they work for you! 🙂
Everything starts with tiny habits. It’s easier to start a habit and sticking to it if you only spend 10-20 minutes of your day completing it rather than full on 1 and half hour. There’s no harm to practice and slot in your yoga practice for more than an hour at home. But, I really believe that small and tiny habits will have a greater impact. There’s also a book called tiny habits that you can check out, I really recommend for you to give it a read 🙂
One of the reasons why I’d advice going slow first is to avoid Yo-Yo (you do your best and then you burnt out and back to zero). Give your body and mind a proper time frame to get used to the habit of practicing yoga. And it will all feel natural in the long run 🙂
So, my suggestion is to start with 10 to 15 minutes of practice every day. After, when your body is itching for more, you are more than welcome to increase the time period that you spend practicing.
Find A Friend
Having a friend to share your experience, talking about something you like or simply sharing about your day is such a blessing.
I started yoga with no friends that were interested in yoga. So it’s kinda hard to get the momentum going, to keep practicing, share ideas and to just simply talk about yoga. It’s pretty important cause this will give you a kind of motivation to keep going.
If you’re like me, if you don’t have any friends that are also doing yoga, you can try following some yoga teachers on Instagram. Most of the time, they engage with their followers and are quite diligent in replying to your comments, as they are creating some sort of yoga community on their account. I usually get them to fill my Insta feed to get some motivation!
Know What’s Good For You
Find a type of yoga that you like, a class that you like, a yoga teacher that you like. Find what’s good for your body and mind. If you have found something that you like, stick to it first. There are surely other things that you’d want to explore in yoga, but for the time being, when you wanna stick to this habit of practicing yoga every day, do something that you like, first. Try not to push yourself to try all sorts of yoga when you’re not ready, this can deter you from doing it when you’re still not comfortable. You can read up on the different types of yoga classes out there here.
Not only the type or class of yoga that you like but also the teacher and the community that you like and the ones that you can resonate with. This will definitely motivate you to stick to practicing yoga.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Yoga preaches for one to be aware of their bodies and mind. In loving yourself and your life as a whole, and to the people and nature that surround you.
This a lot of time relates back to how we treat ourselves. Sometimes, as a human being, we are prone to fail at something & we tend to blame ourselves. Over time, when you start being aware of your thoughts and how you treat yourself, you’d realize that sometimes this negative energy won’t really get you anywhere.
So be kind to yourself and remind yourself that it’s okay, it’s okay to fail. The more loving you are to your body and mind, the more open they will be to adapt to something new.
When you feel like you’re going off the wagon, when you are back to your negative thoughts, try reminding yourself why you need to go back to the routine – find back your WHY.
I myself took a few months to actually get the yoga routine to stick to my daily life. Some people can take up months and years and it’s totally OKAY.
At the end of your yoga practice, always, always thank yourself for taking the time to practice. You will feel a lot better, you will feel more loving towards yourself.
Another way you can reward yourself is to get that new yoga mat you’ve been eyeing for once you reach the 6 months mark. I did that with my yoga mat. Read my review here on my favorite yoga mat.
Once you’re good with yoga, allow your practice to grow and expand to keep challenging your ability to go even further.
Hope these tips will help you to stick to yoga practice in your daily life 🙂
Share with me what was the most challenging part in sticking to habit? & how did you overcome it. Love to read more from you 🙂