It is not easy to find a routine to introduce yoga into your daily life. We always find excuses not to create the habit of practicing yoga routinely.
This article focuses on how to make yoga practice a daily routine that is both fun and beneficial. But above all, it helps you to make yoga fit in your life without feeling like a huge burden.
1. Reserve a moment to do yoga .
Once you decide to do something, you have to tell yourself that “it’s going to happen”. If yoga is new to you, it may not be a good idea to do it every day, especially when you are starting to put yoga into your life. As yoga instructor Christina Brown says: “First it becomes a habit; then it becomes a lifestyle; Then he becomes who you are. “‘
There are people who believe that it is best to maintain a routine: do it at the same time in the same place every day. Your body and mind will associate that time and place with yoga sessions and can serve as an internal motivation.
2. Be good to yourself when you practice yoga.
Go slowly (especially at the beginning) and listen to your body. If you press, you probably do not have a good time and you hurt yourself.
3. Be regular, not strict.
It is much better to practice a bit regularly, than to force yourself by doing a long practice of irregular form. It does not matter that you can not do some postures for now, give yourself time and you will see how you will end up getting the positions that are complicated for you. Practice helps!
4. Prepare well for each yoga session.
You have to feel comfortable so put on clothes that allow you to move and look for a peaceful space, warm but ventilated. Lie on a yoga mat or a folded blanket and keep a cushion nearby in case you need to rest your head.
Practice yoga on an empty stomach. It is the perfect time to practice yoga and it is a good idea to do the digestion before. Doing yoga before breakfast is an ideal option, but if you’re hungry, drink some diluted fruit juice or warm milk with honey.
5. Study each position.
The practice of yoga exercises or Asanas can improve your health, increase your resistance to strength and develop your mental awareness.
When you are starting with yoga, choose the simplest exercises indicated by the book, DVD or your teacher. Find the ones that go well with your physical nature and perfect the basic instructions before making them more complicated.
6. Decide what is your best starting position.
An initial position is good when it helps you focus your awareness on your breathing and on your body, it helps you strengthen your lower back and widens your groin and hips.
7. Rest between postures.
Do all the movements slowly and breathe slowly.
8. Put yoga into your daily life.
As well as dedicating time to yoga, practice small items throughout the day where you can. There are some yoga movements you can do using your office chair, or just standing or waiting. Practice inhalation and exhalation exercises wherever and whenever. Close your eyes and take a few minutes of silent reflection in the middle of all the hustle and bustle around you.
9. Expect a gradual improvement, do not expect miracles.
Daily practice will begin to flow in obvious changes in your life but it will not happen immediately and, sometimes, you will feel as if nothing is happening.
10. Balance your routine.
The more you get used to yoga and practice it daily, the goal will be to achieve a balance of yoga exercises. Yoga expert Christina Brown recommends including at least one exercise from each of the following categories:
- An activity that increases your awareness about breathing
- A standing posture
- A side stance
- Bend forward
- Bend back
- An abdominal strengthener
- A balance
- An investment
- Bend forward again
- Final relaxation (Pranayama and meditation). You can invest as much time as you want in this last step.
11. Remember that time is on your side in yoga.
The more you practice, the better it will go, but follow your own rhythm, not the one marked by any manual or coach.