If going to yoga was your New Year’s Resolution, here are some tips on how to keep your practice going after January:
- Schedule out your yoga classes each week. I plan for my goal number and a reach. That way if I register for 4 and make it to 3 then I’m still good. Plus if it’s on my calendar, then it’s a real appointment and I have to go!
- Choose a trigger for getting ready. After I brush my teeth at night I set out my yoga clothes for the next day.
- Use a calendar reminder or an alarm to let you know when it’s time for class. Often I will get super absorbed in what I’m doing and make myself late if I don’t have an alarm to tell me when to leave.
- Practice at least 3 times a week to feel fluid and strong, and to start seeing big results in your body and your life. If you’re using yoga as cross training with something else, then 1-2x a week is fine.
- Make friends with your fellow yogis. Attending workshops is a great opportunity to bond! When you have pals at yoga you’ll be more likely to show up.
- Ask for help if you need it. Our teachers are happy to answer your questions, or provide one on one instruction.
- Know why you’re going to yoga. Is it to cultivate peace, improve strength, or become more flexible? Perhaps all 3 and more. What outcomes do those translate to? Better ability to keep up with kids or grandkids. Improved performance in your sport of choice. More easeful relationships at home or work as a result of reduced stress. Write that down somewhere you’ll see it (my favorite spot is the bathroom mirror). Knowing this will help remind you of your reason for continuing even on the days you don’t feel like it.
- Keep things interesting by trying out different class styles and different teachers.
- Be easy with yourself. If you miss your goal, come right back and try again!