Here are some tips to make your practice https://www.julianalucky.com/post/mommy-and-me-yoga-benefits a healthy habit so that it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth.
1. Set a strong intention.
Reflect on why you need yoga. It doesn’t matter what the answer is, because the experience of practitioners shows that even in a short period of time your motivation can change dramatically, as well as the quality of your energy. The answer will be different for everyone, it’s important to understand what motivates you. Certainly one of the main reasons to do yoga is that yoga gives us a sense of purpose. When a strong intention is established, it will sustain you.
2. Exercise every day.
If you have a challenging schedule, determine which days you will practice, gradually getting closer to a daily practice. It’s easier to get into the habit if you put in the effort consistently. That is, the more days you skip, the less likely you are to automate the habit. Yes, your muscles will become more flexible over time, but they will revert if you don’t practice often enough.
Remember, when you quit yoga, unhealthy patterns can return.
3. ease up.
If you practice every day, let your practices be easy.
Practicing an hour a day is not always possible. Set realistic time slots for yourself to practice. It will be better than blaming and scolding yourself, feeling that you have failed if you miss a full practice. If possible and according to your own feeling gradually increase the duration of the practice.
4. Follow the 10-minute rule.
Set yourself a goal of practicing 10 minutes a day every day.
Almost everyone has an extra 10 minutes a day that we use unproductively (like looking at news on social media).
And if you don’t feel like you have that extra 10 minutes, then wake up early or go to bed a little later. Set yourself up for success by following the 10-minute rule.
Research your routine and prepare comfortable clothes and a mat for the class ahead of time. Preparation entails a goal; you’ll have a second nature that won’t allow you to miss a class.
6. Enjoy the process.
Even if your goal is to sit steadily and prolonged in lotus pose, you won’t master it by bypassing the process. If you look at yoga as a practice to achieve a certain goal, you’re not going to enjoy every minute of it. You’re likely to get bored if you don’t reach your goal as quickly as you expected and you’ll leave the practice.
Yoga is a great metaphor for life. We set a goal and work hard to achieve it. But if you don’t enjoy the process of achieving the goal, the act of living itself will be frustrating, boring and unsatisfying. That’s why it’s important to focus on the process of yoga, not just the goal.
Yoga inherently encourages us to reconnect between body and spirit. The breathing techniques and body positions that you practice will help you bring your mind to the present, rather than focusing on the future or looking back on the past.
Always remember that flexibility, weight loss, muscle tone, and the ability to quiet the mind while holding meditative postures for long periods of time takes time. Try to focus on how you felt during and especially after your yoga practice.
Try to maintain a healthy diet; this will be a great support for your classes.
8. Do yoga from home.
Exercising from home saves you a lot of time and investment.
Creating a healthy yoga habit is much easier when practicing from home.
Make up your mind, practice, and have a new experience!