Want to be a yogi, but have a hard time motivating yourself? It’s a common issue many faces, not just with yoga but in all forms of fitness. So here are some easy ways to stay inspired for daily yoga practices.
Find the Main Benefits of Doing Yoga
An integral part of finding the benefits of doing yoga is knowing why you are doing it. Being true for just about any habit or healthy lifestyle change you are trying to make. Instead of just starting by telling yourself you need to do yoga daily, think about the main benefits and your reason for wanting to turn it into daily practice. For you, this might be for physical or mental health, better flexibility and strength, weight loss, or just getting into a better place emotionally. Think about your benefits and write them down!
Adopt a Different Mindset with Yoga
As with the previous tip of thinking about the benefits of yoga, it is also essential to keep a positive mindset about doing yoga, focusing more on the good and less on the bad. Don’t consider it a workout you must do or suffer through each day. That is only going to create negativity around your practice. While it is scheduled into your day, don’t consider it a chore or another appointment. To be genuinely motivated to do yoga and have positive energy, you need to have a positive mindset. Think of it as a way to improve your body and mind, and keep reminding yourself of what you get from it.
Turn it into a Daily Routine.
One of the best ways to motivate yourself for daily yoga is to turn it into a routine. You are something you automatically do at a specific time of the day. For example, think about taking a shower or brushing your teeth – you have been doing it consistently for so long; it feels automatic and like you will do it regardless of the circumstances.
Adding yoga to your routine, such as doing it when you wake in the morning before your shower or in the evening after journaling, becomes something you just do every day without even really analyzing it or second-guessing yourself. You can also create a more extensive healthy routine, including adding meditation, writing in a journal, or doing yoga with your family at home.
As with anything, it takes time to get into the habit; 30 days is the norm to start or change a pattern. Be kind to yourself and take it one day at a time; if you want to start doing yoga daily, you will find a way.