Do you feel like your yoga practice is at a halt? Here are 12 easy and quick tips to help you keep your practice growing.
1. HYDRATE EVERY DAY
It can disrupt your flow and cause you to stop for a drink in the middle your yoga practice. You’ll be amazed at the difference water makes in your life.
2. REPORT ON TIME
Your practice will be ruined if you rush to the yoga studio, with no preparation and a confused mind. Allow yourself 10 minutes more than you think you will need to get into the yoga studio, change into your gear, and then go to your favorite place to roll your yoga pad or sip some tea.
3. DESS THE PART
It’s not easy to have your pants pushed up or your tank top leaking all the time. This is not the place your brain should be during Downward Dog. You should wear clothes that fit well and are comfortable but not too tight that it becomes distracting.
4. GRAB PROPS
Even though advanced yogis may be hesitant to grab props for their mats, it’s a good idea! Before you roll your mat, grab a block and a yoga strap. It’s possible to use one at any time.
5. BE QUIET BEFORE CLASS
Although I have been known to chat with other yogis just minutes before class begins, it is best to keep your mind quiet and focus on your practice. To connect with yourself, lay on your back or open your eyes to prepare for class.
6. EXPECT NOTHING
Even if you only take one piece of this advice, it will be a valuable lesson. You may be able to balance your arms on some days, while others will require more effort. Everybody is constantly changing and everything, from our mental state to the last workout, can have an impact on how we practice. You shouldn’t expect things to be the same every day.
7. STOP JUDGING
It is a bad idea to compare your form with others in the room. Keep your focus on your mat, and keep your thoughts positive.
8. BREATHE DEEP
Your breath can take many years to perfect. Deep ujjayi breathing through your nose is a great way to get rid of self-judgment and discomfort when a pose is difficult. This breathing style will allow you to let go of negativity or tension and keep class going with a calm, composed outlook.
9. Listen to your teacher
Your teacher will tell you what pose to do next. But don’t forget to keep your eyes open once you are in the pose. Once you are in a position, the little comments and suggestions that they make can be very helpful. A simple tip can help you build a new relationship with a pose that was too difficult or too easy before.
10. Smile More
This one may sound corny, but it is true! When your body is moving smoothly, your muscles are energized, and your breathing is synchronized with your movement, you can start to smile and be grateful. You don’t have to be a fake smile for an hour. However, there are many opportunities to let go of the need to take yourself too seriously during your practice. You’re taking care your body and mind by smiling and being present.
11. TRY ONE THING NEW
Try a pose you don’t normally do or are afraid to attempt during your next class. Only by facing our fears and moving through them can we master difficult poses. It might not be easy, but the journey is what matters.
12. SAVE IN SAVASANA
Don’t get up or zone out during Savasana! You don’t have to worry about your to-do lists or dinner plans after class. You’re worth those final minutes of relaxation.