I KNOW what I need to do to make my yoga practice more engaged, meaningful and consistent….. and yet, I resist! Can you identify? Here are some things that I am committing to NOW to get back on track to make my practice stronger and more connected.
1) Make time DAILY to Practice.
No more of this, “Mañana, mañana, mañana” nonsense! MAKE time NOW… open up my mat NOW, practice at home. Go online to my favorite studios and sign up for the week, for the classes that fit my schedule. Yoga IS my job…. Practicing must be in my schedule the same way work as appointments. Like work, the only excuse to miss is sickness. Even if you aren’t a yoga teacher, maintaining a healthy and happy attitude is in our hands, yoga can be part of your self-care routine!
2) Support my practice with Meditation
If I can take out my mat and practice for 15 minutes at home, I can stay on the mat for 15 more to meditate. NO SKIMPING! While it may be true that yoga is a form of meditation, a yoga practice without meditation, is really just half a practice.
3) Support my practice through healthy food and beverage choices
The more I practice, the better I eat. The better I eat, the more I practice… More water, less coffee. More carrots, fewer Cheez-it’s (Yes, I confessed….)
4) Challenge myself to flirt with the edge of my comfort zone
Inversions are still my area of discomfort. At home, I can play around with them without feeling like a dork… I will try to get upside down every day! I’d rather beat myself up than actually DO the task that will build my self-esteem. I must choose what will build positive energy in me!
5) I will Restore and Renew
Being gentle with myself doesn’t come easy. Once I do that inversion I am going to do daily, I will reward myself by being gentle. Spend some time in restorative poses and breathe comfortably. When I am gentle with myself, I find I can be more gentle with others. Self-care is not limited to a homemade facial or mani/pedi!
So, maybe this is part of the New Year’s resolution, or maybe this can just be a plan for my daily life-one day at a time. Either way, easy does it, but do it!