5 Tips for Your Yoga Practice: Connecting On & Off The Mat
By Shayla DiTolla
Committing to a regular yoga practice can be challenging, especially with the demands of our busy lives. While we all know how beneficial yoga is and how good we feel when we have a regular practice, sometimes the chaos of our days get us carried away. However, by following these five tips, you can begin to create a sustainable yoga routine and connect with yoga both on and off the mat.
- Set a realistic goal: Start by committing to a realistic goal that fits into your schedule. This could be as simple as committing to a 10-15 minute practice each day or attending a weekly yoga class. Once you’ve established a routine, gradually increase the duration and intensity of your practice.
- Create a dedicated space: Designate a space in your home or workplace for your yoga practice. This space should be free from distractions and clutter, and ideally, have natural light and fresh air. Having a dedicated space can help you stay focused and committed to your practice.
- Connect with a community: Join a local yoga community like Asheville Yoga Center or find an online community that aligns with your values and goals. Connecting with like-minded individuals can help provide motivation, accountability, and support for your yoga practice. Having a supportive environment also helps you overcome any self limiting beliefs that may be holding you back in your yoga practice.
- Incorporate yoga into your daily life: Yoga is not just a physical practice, it’s a way of life. Find ways to incorporate yoga into your daily routine, such as practicing mindfulness during your commute, taking a few deep breaths before a meeting, or practicing gratitude before bed. I love to use a thought journal before bed to record my gratitude, it’s always great to look back and see past entries for days when I am feeling down!
- Embrace the philosophy of yoga: Yoga is more than just a physical practice, it’s a philosophy that encourages us to live with compassion, kindness, and self-awareness. Embrace the principles of yoga both on and off the mat, by practicing non-judgment, mindfulness, and self-reflection.
By following these five tips, you can commit to a regular yoga practice and connect with yoga both on and off the mat. Remember that yoga is a journey, not a destination, and that the benefits of yoga come from consistent practice and dedication. A strong yoga practice helps you stay calm and grounded during the stress of everday life.