I’ve previously written about how to build a home yoga practice, giving the hints and tips that helped me in setting it up (read it here: 7 ways to make your yoga practice at home easier). Nonetheless, there are times in life when a yoga practice is more difficult to maintain, i.e at the beginning, whenever we undergo important changes in life, sometimes just because of lack of commitment over time. To help on those occasions, here 3 ways that you can apply so to keep it up. Choose the one that suits you the most and… enjoy your practice! 🙂
1/ Build a Mala – a Mala is ‘a string of prayer beads‘, as defined by the Oxford dictionary. Let yourself build one, where every practice you make is one bead. And to build a full one, string together 108 practices and sealed it with 108 sun salutations once you have finished. Why 108? because in Hinduism that is the sacred number of beads to be used in building one mala. Take one day off every week and try to stick to it to build a routine and rest on moon days and women holidays (if applicable ;-)). This method was taught by Yoga Kamal Singh during my 500hrs Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course I did in Rishikesh and it has been working with me for the past 4 weeks. Why is it so powerful? When you start the mala you will need to set an intention, a purpose you want to attain (personal, social or universal… just recall that the wider, the better) and that intention will bring you back on the mat every day. So, choose your purpose carefully, remind yourself of it daily and… keep practicing!
2/ Give it 100! – What do you know about the online community ‘Give it 100’ curated by Karen Cheng? Last year, Karen recorded her progress as she taught herself how to dance in 100 Days, and soon after that, she started Give It 100 as an inspiration to others to fulfill their goals, from dancing to losing weight, from drawing to touching their toes. So, why don’t use it to increase your commitment to your home yoga practice? You’re not requested to upload a video per day, though I would recommend you make a submission plan such as once a week or once every 2 weeks or whatever suits you the most… and by the way, the video you upload can be just a few seconds. Remember, the purpose is not to show off, it’s a commitment to the community on top than to yourself.
3/ Get a buddy – While building a Mala is mainly a personal commitment and Give it 100 is mainly a community commitment, a perfect way for those whom these 2 extremes wouldn’t work is to get a buddy. Ask a friend of yours or anybody you respect and love to become your coach, to remind you of your objective, to likely give you a call and check on how you’re doing with your home yoga practice. Sharing the commitment with supportive family and friends can give you the additional spark you need to keep it going.