The dog days of summer are behind us. And the excited energy that you put into your yoga practice at the beginning of summer has fallen by the wayside as thoughts of football, holidays and the New Year begin to fill your head.
It is definitely worthwhile to make the effort to stay on track with a daily practice, as a regular routine helps us to be better prepared for the return to the busy schedules that descend with the arrival of autumn and the holiday season.
5 Ways to Make Yoga a Priority
Making it a habit, even on days when you aren’t particularly motivated, will serve your body well through the hectic fall season.
Here are 5 simple tips to help you stay with your yoga practice if you’ve been feeling sluggish:
1. Schedule It
1. Schedule it – if you need a haircut, you achieve that goal by making an appointment and then showing up for it. Put a daily appointment to practice yoga in writing, either on your phone or on a physical calendar or planner, and show up for it.
2. 15-Minute Rule
Follow the 15-minute rule . Schedule your daily appointment for just 15 minutes. You know that there’s nothing you can’t handle for 15 minutes. Knowing you have a stopping point can help motivate you to get started, and you may find that you want to keep going.
3. Change of Scenery
Try a change of scenery. If you normally practice in the living room, try the kitchen. If there is a period of cool temps in the morning or evening, try the back yard or patio or even a local park. A new location can revitalize your outlook and energize your practice.
4. Recruit an Accountability Partner
Get an accountability partner. Either recruit a friend to practice with you or agree to practice separately and check in with each other every day. Knowing that you are both expecting the other to participate will motivate you to get on the mat. If you don’t have any available friends, post your commitment on social media and check in each day with your accomplishment. Publicly stating your intention is a huge motivator for following through.
5. Reward Yourself
Reward yourself for sticking to the plan. Set a goal to practice daily for a period of time. For example, start with 30 days, and then promise yourself a small reward for your efforts in the end. There’s no down side to a new pair of yoga pants or shorts. A tangible incentive is a great way to keep you inspired.
Try any or all of these tips to keep moving and stretching into the fall season! Namaste!