Sometimes, no matter how much you love it, practicing yoga every day becomes difficult. And then one day you realize it’s been several months since you’ve done more than feel guilty while looking at the mat rolled up in the corner of your room. Here are some tips for getting back into it.
1. Start with short sessions. A lot of the time, we stop doing things that are good for ourselves because we are busy. And we keep not doing them because we decide we don’t have time for ourselves. Do a simple YouTube search for yoga videos or Google short routines. Find short cycles that you can do in under ten minutes. If you feel good after and you find you have more time, you can always do more.
2. Remember you deserve it. If you loved yoga before you stopped practicing, then sometimes it becomes a hazy memory of something fun. But it’s more than that. It is something that every person deserves to take the time for. Even if you’re not a fan of the actual effort that goes into it, remember that you deserve the wonderful feeling that comes after it.
3. Remind others that you deserve it. But maybe you’re not the problem. Maybe you have a busy life with kids, or a significant other, or friends who you love, but who take up some of your time. It takes a lot of strength to say “I can’t right now, I need to do yoga.” But if you add “I deserve it,” to your statement, those who really love you will understand.
4. Reward yourself. If you’re having a motivation problem, then think about what motivates you. If it’s a donut or a hamburger, it doesn’t matter. Give yourself a pizza for doing yoga if you have to. As long as you’re doing it. Once it becomes a habit, you won’t need rewards as a motivation.