It seems like everywhere I turn I see my friends, family, and students heading to their “30 Day Yoga Challenge” mats committing and recommitting themselves to a disciplined practice. I say bravo to that and welcome to the party! Now, how do you stick to it? Well, here are a few tips:
1. Find a studio OR skip the studio. There are so many options for where and how you can practice yoga these days. Check out your local studios to see if they offer any 30 Day New Student special pricing or if you’ve already been practicing there, see if they have any deals for your month intensive. But, if for some reason you can’t make it to a studio or at some point would like a more intimate practice at home, check out free online videos or virtual classes on YouTube (Here’s my quick Sun Salutation breakdown for Navafit.com, to get you started) or sites like YogaGlo or YogaVibes. If you’re new to yoga, I do recommend finding a live, certified yoga instructor to help you safely move and breathe into your practice.
2. One. Day. At. A. Time. Yoga is all about being in the moment. So really each day is the “challenge”, right? To show up one day, is to have practiced a lifetime. So enjoy each opportunity to roll out your mat and forget about day 30.
3. Remember there’s more to yoga than a pose. It can be easy to define yoga based on what we see on magazines, blogs, numerous selfies of yogis and yoginis in mind-boggling poses (guilty!), but there’s so much more to this practice then asanas (the poses). Try incorporating breath work (pranayama) and stillness (meditation) into your daily practice. And if the idea of sitting still as a yoga practice makes you want to itch, scream, sneeze, run for the hills, then check out my 5-Minute Yoga Challenge for a starter.
4. Be a part of the yoga community. “We’re in this together!” I like to say. So why not share your energy and your growing practice with the rest of the world. Check out the local free classes in the park. Maybe attend your first kirtan at your local yoga studio. Explore the great blogs and online chats on the practice. Engage others and see how that comes right back to you and your yoga in the best of ways.
5. Remember why you started. And, remember it’s yoga, so chill. So what if you miss a day. Get back on your mat with love of self and a new breath. Nobody’s grading you except for you and the silly ego so forget about it. It’s not important. The “challenge” is to show up and allow. Be gentle with yourself. This is not a competition and there are no medals. So, as I said before, chill and just do your yoga.
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