Creating a habit is a double-edged sword: it’s hard to create one, but once something becomes a habit is like second nature. The right mindset, strategy and attitude are essential to make something new part of your day to day life.
The good news is that when talking about something as multidimensional as Yoga, incorporating it into your life brings with it a wealth of benefits.
Here are five ways to make Yoga a habit:
Finding an intention
Without a reason why, it’s hard to do pretty much anything in life. Showing up to the mat once is easily achieved, but making yoga part of your routine will take more than motivation.
Don’t panic! Wanting to start is more important than knowing why right away. Most likely, when you start practising, and you feel the benefits of it, your intention will set automatically.
Let the practice serve you
Preconceptions of what your yoga practice should look like or should be like are normal. But, thinking that handstands are the key to enlightenment or that taking 100 chaturangas will give you peace will only disappoint you.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when trying to make yoga a habit is using the practice to serve you. To meet yourself on the mat and listen to your body every time.
It’ll be easier to make it part of your journey when you let the practice be whatever it needs to be for you.
Consistency over duration
Making Yoga a habit doesn’t necessarily mean you need to do a 60-minute asana every single day. It doesn’t even need to be physical.
We all have our goals and wishes. We all promise we’ll wake up early and go to the gym, and we hit snooze. We promise to go for a run the following day, but it’s cold and raining, so we skip it. Unfortunately, life happens, and we’re not always able to make it to the studio.
But nowadays, you can practice from anywhere – home, holiday, office or outdoors. With platforms like MoreYoga Wellness TV, you’re just a click away from a yoga fix or a quick meditation.
Making sure you keep the consistency, even if it’s at home, and your yoga practice will be like second nature.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
Yoga can bring up some uncomfortable truths. And it’s up to you how you react to them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be profound universal truths. It can simply be the realisation that you’re always chasing perfection and therefore miss out on life.
The trick is to get comfortable with it. Make getting to know yourself part of your yoga journey.
Take Yoga Off The Mat
Now this one is a biggie. But when you can take something from your yoga class off the mat and incorporate it into your day to day life, you embody the practice.
Yoga is so much more than asana. But also, it’s so much bigger than the time you are practising.
Maybe you can incorporate some mindfulness as you walk to work or watch your breath when you get anxious. But maybe, you change your outlook on life. Perhaps it is something else, you can’t quite put your finger on it, but something feels different.
One thing is for sure: you won’t regret making yoga part of your life. So if you’re thinking of starting Yoga, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, head to Wellness TV and explore our Beginners Course or try our studios out with our intro offer, £10 for 20 days and start to build your yoga habit.
About Anna de Sousa
Anna is a London-based yoga teacher & Content Creator. After teaching yoga full-time for a couple of years, she joined the Digital Marketing team at MoreYoga to spread the word about wellness even further. Anna is fun and energetic, and she brings her warm personality to everything she does.