As the saying goes, your body is your temple. Your body is the vessel that you inhabit, and therefore it would be wise to take good care of it.
As with most things in the universe, we need to strike and maintain a balance in our life in order to feel content with the quality of life that we are living.
In this case, the balance that we should all strive for is the balance of physical, mental, and spiritual health. These three components form the foundation of our well-being. One of the most effective ways we can cultivate this balance is through a consistent yoga practice.
Luckily, yoga can be practiced almost anywhere nowadays.
Considering the post-pandemic situation, it’s become more relevant than ever to practice our yoga exercises at home.
Follow these four tips to develop a consistent yoga regimen from the comfort of your home:
1. Create a morning and evening ritual.
One of the most useful things you can do to help yourself stick to a routine is to incorporate new habits into your daily rituals.
Whether we realize it or not, we all have a morning or evening ritual that we stick to. Incorporating at-home yoga into one of your rituals can help your mind and body to form a habit.
It’s important to start this gradually so that you don’t see it as a burden. Start by dedicating maybe five or 10 minutes of your time in your mornings or evenings to yoga. Then, slowly increase the frequency or length of time as you get used to the new routine.
2. Set aside a specific time and space for your yoga practice.
This goes in tandem with the tip mentioned above. By dedicating a specific time and space to practicing at-home yoga, you are telling yourself that your needs and health matter.
When possible, set up a space to help you get in the right mindset for yoga practice, and eliminate all forms of distraction during this time to help you focus.
3. Roll out your yoga mat.
This may seem like an obvious tip, but the smallest things do help out in the long run.
Psychologically, the act of unfolding the yoga mat itself helps prime your brain to complete the rest of the action—in this case, the yoga session. Over time, this creates positive conditioning where you associate the yoga mat with yoga practice.
4. Keep track of your progress.
It’s important to remind yourself of the progress you’ve made, regardless of how small that progress is.
Without a reference point, it can sometimes feel discouraging to practice yoga on difficult days. To mitigate this and also push yourself to do even better, keep a journal, or use an app to note your yoga progress. This will help you mentally focus on achievements rather than the failures. It also helps hold yourself accountable to creating a consistent yoga practice.
Whether you’re a beginner wanting to pick up yoga, or an advanced yogi dedicated to perfecting the art, at-home yoga classes are an excellent way to facilitate your progress while also remaining safe and healthy during the overwhelming events that are unfolding currently in the world.