The Best Way to Start and Maintain a Yoga Practice

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The Best Way to Start and Maintain a Yoga Practice

Yoga is taking the world by storm. Every year, more and more people take part in this beautiful practice, and there’s a good reason for that. Those who regularly practice yoga report a number of personal benefits, including better coordination, improved flexibility, and increased strength, to name a few.

The key word here is “regular”. Amazing as it is, yoga won’t have much influence on your health if you only practise sporadically. The question is, how do you start and maintain a personal yoga practice? What can you do to make it sustainable long-term?

In honour of International Yoga Day, we’ve compiled a list of the best tips that will help beginners and experienced yogis alike.

Be realistic. Before you set off on your yoga journey, think about how often you can practise. Don’t set yourself up for failure before you even start. Consider your physical fitness, time constraints, as well as other responsibilities you have. In the same way as strict diets are not sustainable, doing yoga 6 days a week is not realistic long-term. Instead, start small. It might be a good idea to chat to your teacher if you’re new to yoga to help you determine the frequency based on your situation.

Be kind to yourself. One of the underlying principles of yoga is the concept of non-violence, or ahimsa. Yoga promotes compassion and non-harm in word, action, and even thought. This includes the way you treat yourself. Don’t push yourself beyond your limits, and don’t be hard on yourself if you miss a class. This approach will prevent you from seeing yoga as a “chore” and make you look forward to each practice.

Understand your physical limitations. We all like a challenge, but sometimes ambition can lead to pushing yourself too hard, which in turn leads to injury or soreness. If you are trying to create a sustainable yoga practice, make sure your body can handle it. If you can barely walk the day after the practice, that’s a sign to take it easy. This is especially relevant if you have additional circumstances (e.g. chronic illness or pregnancy) that may affect the way your body responds to yoga.

Practice with a friend. Whether you are a novice or an advanced practitioner, having a yoga buddy (whether it’s your friend, coworker, or daily member) can be really helpful for maintaining a regular yoga practice. Doing yoga with a friend can help you commit, as well as make the class more enjoyable. If you struggle in social situations, practising with a friend can help you overcome anxiety and boost your confidence.

5 minutes is better than nothing. Although most commercial yoga classes tend to last between 45-90 minutes, it’s not some golden standard that you have to adhere to! Sometimes, our inability to dedicate an entire hour to the practice stands in our way of enjoying a short, yet effective yoga session. Remember, 5 minutes of breathing, meditation, or stretching is better than no yoga at all!

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