How you doing with those resolutions? Still cutting out sugar? On track to finish that book this month? Stopped checking your email every time the phone pings?
Admittedly, we’re only a couple of weeks in so you’re probably still doing well on your New Year resolutions but how do you keep it consistent? How do you really make a change to your routine that stays part of your routine going forward?
Research shows that it takes around 30 days to build a habit. That is just one month. Committing to a daily yoga practice whether it be in a class environment or home practice helps to reinforce the yoga habit which will hopefully stick around for life!
Here are a few tips for keeping your yoga going…
- At first, try and commit to just one class a week. If you can’t set a regular day/time examine the class schedule and figure out the handful of classes that may work so that you can mix and match each week.
- If you’re lucky enough to find the teacher you love to practice with early on find out where else he or she teaches. You may be able to combine locations to better suit your own schedule.
- If budget allows consider private one on one classes.
- Avoid the mindset of having to attend a full, extended 90minute session of yoga every single day creating unreasonable expectations on yourself. Work on the idea of a manageable smaller, bite size daily practice to maintain your yoga habit.
- If the studio, gym or location doesn’t give you that warm fuzzy feeling and you don’t feel inspired, try somewhere else. A lot of the obstacles in attending class arise from the lack of connection you feel to the teachers and the teaching environment. If it doesn’t speak to you, go elsewhere.
- Once you’ve attended a few classes, make a mental note of some of the poses or part of a sequence. Even if it is only two poses or a ten minute sequences down it forms the beginnings of a home practice.
- Avoid the mindset of having to attend a full, extended 90minute session of yoga every single day creating unreasonable expectations.
- Consider the idea of a more manageable, bite size daily practice to maintain your yoga habit.
- If it is impossible to get to classes during the week consider signing up for weekend workshops that interest you.
- If you have a yoga mat, lay it out somewhere at home. When you are about to sit in front of the TV try stepping on to the mat instead.
- Lastly, be mindful of other habits in your life that distract your time and attention. Sometimes, to make space for new habits we need to lose some of the old ones. I know, easier said than done but, for example, consider how much time you spend online. You may just discover an extra 30 minutes in your day!
Keep your resolution alive by keeping your yoga practice growing. As described in the classic yoga text The Yoga Sutras, ‘when it is harder not to practice than to practice then yoga becomes firmly grounded and an integral part of life’.
How have you managed to keep your yoga going?