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How to Make a Yoga Practice Stick

Apr 27, 2024

Embarking on a yoga journey is more than just a physical activity; it's a commitment to your well-being and self-care. The truth is, you get more from a yoga practice when you do it every day. Yet, maintaining a consistent practice can be challenging amidst life's hustle and bustle. So, how can you make your yoga practice stick? Here are some simple yet effective tips to infuse joy and sustainability into your yoga routine:

  1. Have Fun: The key to a daily yoga practice is genuine enjoyment. Yoga is not about perfection; it's about exploration and self-discovery. Choose a style that resonates with you and brings you joy, whether it's the gentle flow of Hatha, the dynamic movements of Vinyasa, or the meditative stillness of Yin. Practicing with a community or friend can also make yoga more fun, so consider joining local groups or connecting with online communities. Let your yoga practice light you up.
  2. Set Your Intention: Maintaining consistency in your yoga practice begins by clarifying why you commit to it daily. The key is specificity. Instead of a vague desire to do more yoga, infuse your intention with meaning. Whether it's aiming for buff arms, mastering a challenging pose like Bakasana, or cultivating groundedness for your family, articulate your purpose clearly. Sharing your intention with a supportive friend or prominently displaying it where you'll see it daily strengthens your commitment and keeps you motivated.
  3. Establish a Cue: Create a trigger that prompts you to start your practice. This could be setting a specific time each day, practicing after a routine activity like brushing your teeth or allocating time after work. Block out this time in your calendar, set reminders, and communicate your commitment to those around you to ensure uninterrupted practice time.
  4. Gather your Gear: Ensure you have everything you need for your yoga practice readily available. From a supportive yoga mat to comfortable clothing and props like blocks and straps, organizing your supplies eliminates excuses and streamlines your routine. Whether you dedicate a space in your home or keep essentials in your car for impromptu sessions, prioritize accessibility.
  5. Do Your Practice: Consistency is key to making your yoga practice stick. Establish a routine that fits into your daily life and explore online resources like YouTube channels or apps for guided sessions tailored to different levels and preferences. Experiment with different times of day to find what works best for you, and commit to showing up on your mat regularly.
  6. Treat yourself Yourself: While the practice itself is rewarding, acknowledging your efforts with external rewards can boost motivation. Treat yourself after each practice, whether it's enjoying a favorite beverage or marking your progress on a calendar. Celebrate even the smallest achievements to cultivate a sense of accomplishment and keep you inspired.
  7. Chart Your Progress: Record your yoga journey to celebrate milestones and reflect on your growth. Whether it's maintaining a journal to jot down insights or using apps to monitor practice time and consistency, tracking your progress provides valuable feedback and accountability.

By incorporating these tips into your yoga routine, you can cultivate a sustainable and enjoyable practice that nourishes your body, mind, and spirit. Remember, the essence of yoga lies not in perfection but in the journey of self-discovery. So, roll out your mat, breathe deeply, and let your practice unfold with joy and authenticity.

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About Jen René

Hey there! I'm a dedicated Ashtanga teacher and fourth series practitioner. I'm also a Pilates enthusiast. I taught my first class in 2005. And since then I have learned lots of amazing tricks that can help you on your own yoga journey.


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