Want to be a runner? Run every day.
Want to be an artist? Paint every day.
Want to be happy? Do yoga Every. Single. Day.
Consistency is key when it comes to reaping the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga, so here are 5 tips to help you make it to the mat every day:
- Yoga videos – Online yoga videos is where it’s at. You can youtube videos in every style, with lengths ranging anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours. Alternatively, doyouyoga.com has an expansive supply of videos by leading yoga instructors from around the world. the best thing about yoga videos is that you can practice anywhere, anytime.
- Memberships – Want to take regular classes at a yoga studio but don’t have the money to dish out for those expensive class fees? Have a look for studios that offer memberships, where you can pay a set amount each week/fortnight and have unlimited access to all their classes. This is a great way to save money, and it means that you can rock up to class whenever you feel like it.
- Add it to your exercise routine – If hitting the gym or going for a run is more your style, you might find that incorporating some yoga into your routine is the best way for you to make it to the mat on the regular. Try using it as a warm up or cool down exercise; your body and mind will both appreciate the stretch.
- Morning Practice – Morning is prime time for yoga practice; It wakes your body up, and sets you up mentally for the day ahead. It’s also a great time for you to set your intentions before the day starts. Set your alarm a little earlier every morning, and lay out your yoga mat close to your bed. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your pajamas, have bed head and some serious morning breath, turning up is the part that counts!
- Yoga Pals – This is by far the best way to inspire you to get your yoga on. Find a friend who you can go to classes with, swap yoga videos with, and who will help you with the hard stuff (like spotting you when you do your first headstand). And the coolest part about having a yoga pal? You have someone you can talk yoga with All. The. Time.