Has this happened to you? You get all excited to start a new thing like this new dance class and you feel so good and happy doing this but then it’s just hard to keep doing it even though you love it?
You’re not alone. This happens to everyone. If you just decided to take up yoga (or even perhaps you’ve been a long-time yogi) and you have trouble committing to a regular consistent practice then this post is for you.
Today I will be sharing 11 tips on how to commit and stick to a yoga practice.
Here we go…
1. Start a Morning Yoga Routine
I think this is probably one of the best ways to have a consistent practice. If you do yoga first thing in the morning, nothing will ever get in the way of it. You’ll probably be practicing yoga at home but some yoga studios do offer early morning classes. Also doing yoga first thing in the morning sets your day to effectively handle all of life’s challenges—a win in my book.
Check out my post “Start Your Day on the Right Foot with a Yoga Morning Routine” on how to get started.
2. Plan, Schedule it, Show Up!
With me, if i don’t schedule something in my phone’s calendar it means 1 thing: it ain’t happening.
I believe that one of the reasons we have trouble sticking to a yoga practice is that we haven’t made it a priority. If we keep telling ourselves that we are too busy then we’re really telling ourselves that yoga is really not all that important.
But if we create the time for it like we do for family and friends, chances are we will be able to keep a consistent practice. So plan it, schedule it, and show up even if your practice is at home.
See your yoga practice like an important appointment…an appointment FOR YOU!
Bonus Tip: When you schedule it, I recommend you practice on the same days at the same time.
3. Sign Up for a 30-Day Challenge
Whether online or at the studio, sign up for a challenge! A yoga challenge is a great way to give you that extra motivation to stick to a consistent practice. If you do a 30 day challenge doing yoga will most likely turn into a habit. Now after the challenge is over perhaps you won’t want to practice yoga daily, but it proves to you that yes you can stick to a consistent practice.
I suggest you download a habit tracker app on your phone and track your attendance during your challenge. It’s such a thrill to track progress!
4. Try Different Types of Yoga
For some people practicing the same style of yoga all the time can get monotonous. If you spice things up and do different types of yoga, this might keep you interested and stay committed.
You can do Hatha Yoga and then alternate it with Hot Yoga the next time around.
5. Try Different Teachers
I’ve mentioned this before in previous posts and comments. Sometimes the reason why we have trouble sticking to a yoga practice is because we just don’t resonate with the teacher.
Even if the teacher is just ok, it might be just enough not to inspire you to do yoga as often as you want to. Same goes for the studio. If you don’t like the studio’s ambiance it could totally explain your struggle to keep practicing.
6. Set An Intention
Ask yourself why you want to do this. Is it for your well being? To reduce back pain? To manage your anxiety and depression? To create inner peace? To help others?
If you set intentions for yoga, yoga will become part of your lifestyle and a way of living.
If your intention is that you are practicing yoga for others, your practice becomes more than about you and your ego: it becomes bigger than you. If you’re stressed frequently, you can’t support others. If you make yourself strong through yoga only then you are capable of helping and supporting others. Perhaps an intention to practice for others can keep you motivated to stay dedicated to your practice.
7. Go With a Friend
You wouldn’t blow off your friend for no reason now would you? By having a yogi friend to go to yoga with you, it can make it easier for you to stick to your practice. Plus if your friend is also trying to commit to a practice you can both be accountability buddies. It’s a win-win!
8. Pay Full Price for a Membership
Studies have shown that we tend to value things more if we pay full price for them.
If we get a great deal on a membership we often believe that we will make use the most out of it but we often do the opposite. Because we didn’t pay full price we tell ourselves it’s ok to miss classes because we didn’t pay that much in the first place so we take it for granted.
So while the cost of full price membership makes you cringe, by paying full price it can do wonders to make you show up to do yoga.
9. Leave Your Mat By The Door Each Morning
If you leave your mat by the door each morning and you bring it with you, you are reinforcing the idea that you’re going to yoga. After all, you made the effort to bring and carry your yoga mat so you might as well go do some yoga.
10. The Golden Rule: The 5 Minute Rule
The 5 minute rule is effective for procrastination and you can use it to motivate you to do more yoga.
If you don’t feel like doing yoga, make a deal with yourself and tell yourself that you will only do it for 5 minutes. If after 5 minutes you still don’t feel like practicing then stop. Chances are that after 5 minutes you’ll end up continuing and completing the practice.
11. Cut Your Practice Short
Something as simple as making your yoga sessions shorter can help you stick to your practice.
If you’re a beginner a 90 minute yoga class can be especially challenging so stick to 60 minute classes. If that is still challenging then just do 30 minutes.
While it’s good to push yourself, if pushing yourself comes to point that you are dreading doing yoga you can still do 10-30 minutes and get the benefits of a full yoga class.
When you start yoga and you want it to become part of your lifestyle indefinitely, it takes time before this happens. We are creatures of habit so letting go and instilling new habits take a lot of effort and willpower.
It’s normal to have weeks where you practice consistently and then fall off the bandwagon. So even if you’re implementing some or most of these tips, don’t be so hard on yourself when you’re not practicing as often as you want to. This is a journey and I promise that you’ll be able to stick to a yoga practice eventually. The hardest part is to show up and to get started.
I hope you found my 11 tips to staying committed to a yoga practice helpful.
Do you have any other tips to share that I missed? I would love to hear from you.
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