Practice with a friend: You’ll have somebody to be accountable to. Invest in your practice: Buy a new mat, workout clothes or yoga towel. Journal your progress: Record how you feel in and out of class. Reward yourself: Celebrate when you achieve goals. Challenge yourself: Master challenging poses gradually. Break routines: Try a new class, teacher, or studio.
Millions of people begin practicing yoga for a variety of reasons; from losing weight, to better sleep, to overall better health. But, it’s easy to start out strong, and it’s also easy to lose that momentum over the course of time for a variety of reasons. The secret between those who manage to make it to their mat daily and those who don’t comes down to motivation.
6 Ways To Keep Yourself Motivated Every Day
Practice with a friend
Everything is more fun when you’re with friends. The same applies to yoga. Instead of taking a class alone, try practicing with a friend. You’ll have somebody there to help keep you accountable. Plus, it’s a good excuse to get a chai tea afterwards!
Invest in your practice
If you’re invested to your practice, there’s a good chance you’re going to continue it. Consider buying a new mat, workout clothes or yoga towel. Investing in your yoga practice might be just the thing that keeps you motivated.
Track your progress in a journal
It’s tough to recognize the changes in your body that take place slowly. Keep a daily journal and record how you feel during class and how your body feels outside of class. What poses were easy? What poses were challenging? How well did you sleep? These things don’t change overnight, but it’ll be easy to recognize the changes if you’re able to flip back in your journal and see how you were feeling a few months ago.
Reward yourself when you meet a goal
It’s important to celebrate your successes! A night out with your significant other or friends for dinner, to see your favorite band or a movie that you’ve been wanting to see are all great ways to reward yourself for meeting your goals.
Practice a posture that challenges you
Regardless of whether you’ve been practicing yoga for years or if you just finished your first class, there’s always a posture that seems to challenge you the most. It doesn’t matter if you are only able to do it 1% of the way. Next class, strive for 2%. Practice this posture and let it motivate you to achieve a fuller, deeper expression.
Try a new class, teacher, or studio
If you’re feeling unmotivated or in a rut, trying switching up your routine. Try out new classes, yoga studios and teachers. You’ll meet new people and expand your practice. Who knows, you might even learn a new way to that posture that’s been vexing you.