As much as I love yoga, I can invent a hundred excuses not to practice it today. Sore, tired, no time, too cold, too hot… I can go on forever.
We like to think that once we build a habit of doing yoga every day, it gets easier.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but it often doesn't. There are days when all I want to do is this:
Experienced yogis who have the same problem – hello, you're not alone! 🙂
So today I'm gonna share with you the eight simple tricks that help me get my sh*t together, stay disciplined and motivate myself to do yoga every day.
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Let's face it. No matter how busy you are, there’s always time for Instagram – even a few minutes. What I did is that I followed several Instagram yogis and teachers who post regularly and show off their impressive yoga achievements.
Envy is often perceived as something bad and harmful. Yet, research has repeatedly shown that benign envy is actually good for us and can be a powerful driver for change, improvement, and motivation.
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If supernatural abilities of some random people on the Internet hardly inspire you, then use your progress as a form of motivation.
How? By taking yoga selfies.
Say, you're working on a specific yoga posture. Take a photo of yourself before and after a few weeks of working on the pose. It is also a good idea to jot down your thoughts and struggles before and after practicing the pose for some time. This will also help to track the change in your mood, mindset, and feelings.
Next time you're in bed thinking of skipping your yoga routine, just check your yoga selfies and written records of how you felt after your practice.
If your daily yoga practice feels like a chore, turn it into a challenge. It may sound silly, but printing out a simple sheet of paper to cross out days when you practiced can be a real game-changer.
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I have one rule that works undeniably. I treat myself to a new piece of yoga wear or equipment after I achieved what I'd planned.
I remember when I bought my first yoga mat. I've promised myself to consistently practice yoga for three months and, luckily, it was a success. Being a frugal student at the time, I found this piece of yoga gear pretty expensive. Yet, this investment not only reminded me of the hard work I've done but motivated to grow and improve in my yoga practice.
Whether you successfully finished a yoga challenge and haven't skipped a day, mastered a challenging yoga pose, shed those extra pounds you were planning to lose, be sure to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements with a little bit of pampering. Because you deserve it.
Good news for those guilty of spending lots of time watching silly videos on Youtube – not all hope is lost! Subscribe to your favorite yoga instructors and get updates every time a new class is released.
So next time you're watching another cute puppy video, promise yourself to take a short yoga break after it.
Who was a sucker for building shacks from pillows and blankets in the childhood? Raise your hands. (To be honest, I still am). My private space for yoga is like an adult version of the shack. I guess having my own yoga corner is what motivates me most to get into the flow.
It works, I mean it. Set up a safe haven where you can relax and wind down. Arrange it with love. Surround yourself with inspirational decorations and amazing smells. Make it a place you want to hang out in. And, if possible, keep your yoga mat unrolled at all times.
Compile several yoga playlists that set the mood for the practice: soothing, relaxing, dynamic, or a little bit of everything. When you feel lazy or tired, just turn on music and sit on your yoga mat. See what happens!
Your body and mind will be grateful later for whatever you end up doing whether meditating, breathing, or flowing.
Print out or hand-write your favorite yoga quotes and stick them wherever you can see them: walls, near the bed, computer, fridge, etc. Even little post-it notes will do. Re-read them in moments when you feel demotivated and need an extra boost in strength.
How do you discipline yourself to practice yoga regularly? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!