Almost three years ago to the day, I started developing an at home yoga practice. I wanted consistency. I had done yoga before, mainly in my aspirations to get a six pack (still working on that one!).
To get there, I knew that I needed these top 3 things:
A specific time each and every day that I would have to devote to my practice. No excuses, no opportunities for me to fill that time with something else. A solid Monday-Friday system where I didn’t have to second guess myself. And it worked.
I really needed to know exactly what I was going to be doing with that yoga time each and every day that I made time to practice. Without a routine, I’d be debating what video to watch or would give myself the same excuses of I’m too sore/tired/stiff to practice while trying to think about what to do.
I really needed to make sure that I was holding myself accountable to my yoga practice. I needed to remind myself why I was getting on my yoga mat every day and how I wanted to FEEL afterwards.
Once I started doing these 3 things, my practice SOARED.
I started noticing much bigger things happening to me, far more important than getting a six pack.
My anxieties calmed significantly. I got stronger and more flexible.
All of a sudden, my incredibly tight hamstrings were able to get into the splits.
I learned to breathe better.
I learned to let go more often.
And I stressed out a lot less.
Sticking with a yoga routine was a miracle drug. And it still is.
Practicing yoga is never a bad idea. It can change your day around and help you come back to yourself.
And if you need some more motivation, try out my Yoga For Life Checklist. It’s full of my best tips to start and stick to a consistent yoga practice.
Here’s to you stepping on your mat today. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, it can make all the difference!
Sara Lou, CYA RYT Yoga Instructor