I found this quote the other day and thought how perfectly beautiful and relevant it is for us to get more of an understanding of why we practice.
This really resinates with me and I have found that being authentic to your true self really inspires the heart to grow from within. Loving yourself, honouring your body and embracing the everything you have to offer.
This is yoga. A union where we can lay the path for our journey ahead. A journey to discover the knowledge and tools that we need to become the person we so desire and deserve.
Let’s Find Ways To Inspire Your Daily Yoga Practice!
Keeping The Flow!
1. Be Gentle and Go Slowly
Yoga is a lifestyle and not just an asana practice, you need to listen to your body and your mind and focus only on what you can do today. This might mean that rolling out your mat for 10 minutes of pranayama technique is all you can do for today’s practice. On another day, you might find that once you have dedicated 10 minutes to some salutations, it feels so great that your body craves for more and you end up fitting in half an hour. Never feel you need to maintain an exact, prescribed routine and especially never feel guilty that you aren’t “performing” if you don’t have the energy for a full routine. So long as you are honest with yourself and really listening to your body, rolling out your mat can be enough. Live your life, not somebody else’s lofty expectation!
2. Set intentions and goals
By setting an intention before your start your practice, you are already laying out the foundations and preparing the mind for what to expect. Usually a realistic intention and goal setting is advised. Gently as we go, we don’t want to lose interest and momentum by setting extremely challenging goals. 30 minutes a day is a really great start.
3. Collect resources
Find DVDs, YouTube videos, sequences and books that really resonate with you. With so many different types of yoga practices out there, it is important to find out what works well for you, is easily accessible every day for your practice and helps keep you focused and motivated. Do your homework and make sure that your web links, resources and sequence diagrams are right where you need them and you don’t need to waste time search around. Following sequences or videos that don’t suit you can sometimes cause distraction and a lack of enthusiasm, so try lots of different ones and only bookmark or print the ones you really love.
4. Join a class
A class environment can be a great motivational boost to your practice and a good teacher will give you that extra perspective to help you align your body properly. We also know how easy it can be to slip past your home practice, unlike the discipline you receive from committing to a weekly class. So find a class that best suits you and a teacher who you love. Having the right teacher for you will help keep you motivated and wanting more.
5. Find a yoga buddy
Find someone who will regularly practice with you to encourage and support your daily practice. A yoga buddy is a fun way to help keep the flow. They don’t have to to be there everyday, maybe once a week in person. Just keep in touch a little each day to keep you motivated and share each other’s achievements.
6. Documenting and journalling
Keeping a yoga journal with a record of your daily practice is a great way to see the benefits of your daily practice and to work out what works and what didn’t. Writing down your intentions, the times, what you practiced, how long for and how it felt is really a great way to help make a daily practice timetable and routine for the future.
7. Keep it fun
Keep your practice light and fun. Don’t expect too much and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Once you have a good routine and yoga is as much a part of your day as eating breakfast, you’ll really enjoy the benefits, but you need to keep it interesting and fun in order to get there. Practice outside at the beach, in a park, join in with workshops in your area. Practice with your children, partner and friends. Laugh if you fall, be proud and enjoy it!
The good thing about yoga is that it is a journey, your journey, it never has to end but it always gets better.
I hope these tips help you all with your own yoga adventures and thank you all so much for your support and company during our Spring Mindful Yoga Challenge. Stay in touch and please give me some feedback about your spring yoga journey.
And remember to always leave a little Rainbow wherever you go!