Today I want to talk to you about yoga and specifically how to stay motivated to practice yoga. I will be sharing my 5 tips that will help you stay on track. We all know how much better our body feels after we practice yoga. Starting a regular practice can be difficult and if we get off track with our practice it can be difficult sometimes to come back even for me! Check out my YouTube Video that goes with this post below.
1) Find Your Why
Ask yourself why are you choosing to practice yoga? Let your why statement is more than"I want to lose weight", " I want to be more flexible/strong" or I want to learn headstand" Think deeper than this, For example, ask yourself what part of your yoga practice makes you feel good? What area of your body feels good after you practice? Chose a statement that is going to motivate you to practice. I don't practice to lose weight. I practice for my health. I know that when I practice yoga, my physical body feels more mobile and less stiff. I feel focused, energized, and more balanced. This is what motivates me. Figure out what motivates you to practice and why you want to step on your mat.
2) Set Mini-Goals/Start Slow
If you're just starting to attend public class or start a personal practice because you want to be "flexibility". You can not just develop strength or flexibility overnight you have to continue to practice. Start by setting a small goal, for example, "I will practice yoga 3 days out of the week and focus on postures that help with flexibility" or "On Thursday's I will practice a sequence that slowly helps me master headstand". Setting mini-goals will help you stay motivated to practice so you can receive wins along the way. You will see more progress and be excited about your wins.
3) Find a yoga practice or teacher that you enjoy.
Try the different yoga practices like Hatha, Hatha Flow, Yin, Restorative, Gentle or Vinyasa. This may be done through trial and error. Maybe you didn't like your first Yin class try taking a yin class with a different teacher. You might just have a better class experience. Maybe you have never tried vinyasa, who knows you might enjoy vinyasa more than Hatha yoga. Having a yoga teacher who supports you and encourages you to practice will help motivate you more to practice. Finding a style of yoga that you enjoy the most will keep you excited and motivated.
4) Stay Accountable
Keep a yoga journal to record your time of practice, and experiences. If you find yourself not practicing yoga journal asking yourself what is keeping you from your practice. You will see what is standing in the way of your practice and goals. Have a yoga buddy maybe this person practices with you. Don't have someone to attend practice? Share your goals with a trusted friend or partner and ask them to check in with you occasionally to see if you're meeting your goals. Having someone who keeps you on track and makes you feel accountable to more than just yourself you will feel more motivated.
5) Celebrate Your Victories
Journaling after your practice helps you see your progress. If you are seeing progress celebrate your mini-goals rather that is practicing yoga once a week or three times a week, you were able to hold downward facing dog longer, or maybe you learned the prep for headstand. By celebrating mini-goals you will motivate and stay on track.
How do you stay motivated to practice yoga?