If you seem to struggle with keeping a consistent yoga practice, you are not alone. We all know that sometimes it’s hard to make time for self-care. Life, work and other obligations seem to mount up and time is scarce. There is also the motivation factor as well. Here are just a few tips that might help get you on track and keep you there so you get all of the benefits that a consistent practice has to offer.
If you make yoga a part of your daily routine, then it will be much easier to stay consistent. Put it on your schedule—and then commit to showing up.
Is there a yoga pose that you’ve always wanted to be able to do? Sometimes you need something to work toward. Getting to that goal pose can be great motivation, and in order to get there, you’re going to have to stay consistent or you’ll never see any progress.
Seeing that you’re actually making progress will motivate you to keep up your yoga practice, helping you stay consistent. Consider taking a photo once a month or once a week to chart your progress as you work on a pose. You’ll be able to see changes in flexibility this way, and changes in how deep you can get into poses like lunges or chair, too.
Participating in a yoga challenge can help your practice become more consistent. A month-long yoga challenge is perfect for helping you set up that habit; anything shorter and that habit won’t quite be there yet. Whether you take a certain number of classes in a month or you participate in a Studio Challenge, being consistent for a month can help you be consistent for a long time after.
Maybe it’s a friend you already have, maybe it’s a new friend you met at your studio, or maybe it’s your teacher. Find someone who wants to commit to yoga, who gets excited about yoga. That’s who you want to practice with. Friends always make yoga more fun, plus if you schedule to meet them at class and cancel, then you’re not just letting down yourself, but your friend too.