No matter where you choose to practice (at home or in a studio), consistency is an essential piece of your yoga practice and workout routine. When you come to your mat regularly, you experience benefits like improved strength, increased flexibility, and better balance. You also gain more mental clarity and focus and reduce stress in your life.
Maintaining a consistent practice is a challenge. But if you’re able to commit to the process, then you’ll reap the benefits. Here are a few ways to create a consistent yoga practice that becomes a habit:
1. Start your day with movement.
If you find that you tend to keep pushing off your yoga class or workout later and later in the day, then it might be helpful to come to your mat first thing in the morning. When you start your day with movement, then you’re less likely to postpone to the point where it never happens at all. But if a morning practice is not doable in your schedule, then try to practice at the same time each day. Treat this time like you would any other appointment and stick to the schedule you create.
2. Keep your mat where you’ll see it often.
We all know the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Your yoga mat is no different. But by keeping your yoga mat someplace visible, it acts as a visual reminder of the habit you are working to create. If you have the space, you can even keep your mat unrolled so that it’s ready for you to use at any time during the day. If you are attending a yoga class at a studio, then keep your mat ready and waiting for you by the front door.
3. Understand your intention.
As you make any type of workout a consistent part of your routine, it helps to understand your intention for doing so. Why is your yoga practice so important to you that you want to practice consistently? Why does consistency in working out matter to you? If you’ve never thought about the purpose behind your workouts, take some time to reflect on what makes it so important. Write down your intention and revisit it often.
4. Celebrate your follow-through.
On the days that you make it to your mat, celebrate your follow-through. Just take a few moments to acknowledge that you had the discipline to do something that matters to you. It might feel a little strange at first, but it’s important to recognize even small successes while you are working to create a consistent habit.
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