How often does your resolve to do your yoga practice wobble like a new yogi in pretzel position? A question that I am most often asked by students is, “Corinne, how do you keep up the discipline to practice?” Or they come into class exasperated. “When I practice at home, the phone rings, I
remember the laundry I have to do!”
Here are some tips to keep your practice
going even when you don’t want to do it.
(Sorry, but there’s always a way.)
- Work it into your day in little ways, with
Yoga Snacks. Five minutes here, 2 minutes there. It all adds up.
- Start with some of your favourite yoga
poses. That can get you there by helping
you look forward to it.
- If you just feel to awful to actually get
started with your practice, remind yourself that, as bad as you feel now, is
how great you’re going to feel after your done.
- Get into your practice by telling yourself
you’ll do ‘just one pose or two and then I’ll see how I feel’.
- When you’ve actually managed to start your
routine but are tempted to go off and do something else, tell yourself you’ll
do ‘just one more pose’.
- Notice how good it feels after the poses
you do manage to do. That will keep you
- If boredom is an issue, OK, then turn on
the TV or the radio. It’s better than
not practising at all.
- Try using music to carry you along. Music has a way of sweeping us forward and
keeping us moving.
- Go to yoga class. Let the teacher move you along. Once you’re there, there is no escape!
- Sometimes the best way to eliminate
temptation is to give in to it. If your
laundry is calling you and your just can’t keep on your yoga mat, then, for
heaven sake, go take care of the laundry and come right back!
When all else fails, just do your yoga. You’ll be glad you did.
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