So my inspiration for writing this post comes from my own sweat and tears, stepping back on to my mat...regularly. You are always going to have periods of discipline and periods of not! How to keep up a regular self practice is a question that comes up in every one of our yoga teacher trainings and I think it is one of the most valid questions asked. When you are literally in a Yoga Bubble you do yoga! When you go home to your life there are more options.
So here are my 8 top tips:
1. Social media Yoga is not real
Social media can be a great tool for bringing people together, creating a community and giving us inspiration, there is no doubt. However I know more than a handful of people that post more about their practice on social media than they actually practice.
2. Drop Guilt
It's just not helpful!
3. Be Realistic
Maybe the whole of the primary series 6 days per week just isn't a realistic practice goal to be setting. The best piece of advice I've heard on this is, roll out your mat, roll out your mat and see what happens. So many times I've said to myself 'OK Morwenna just the Surya Namaskaras today' and suddenly I'm wondering why I'm on my 3rd round of Navasana.
4. Set a Time and Place
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle. Make your practice your habit. If you can't set both time and place, try to set one, routine is a very helpful ingredient in the pursuit of habit making.
5. If it's been a while, try taking your first practice back in the afternoon
Controversial, I know. But as I'm sure you've experienced later in the day the body is more supple and if you find it hard to drop the expectations on what your body used to be able to do when you had a regular practice this might help soften the blow a little.
6. Try an online led class
This really helped me re-find a rhythm and stop fussing. You also get the energy of a teacher, you don't skip breath counts, it sets up the energy in your home practice space and gives you a time frame to work with. A full primary led with Savasana is usually about 90 minutes if counted traditionally and with a little pace. This is especially useful if you don't live in an area with ashtanga class, but if you do remember there is no substitute for a good teacher!
7. Enjoy it
Even after the second consecutive day practicing there is a natural sense of joyfulness.
8. If none of that helps, come see us in Spain!!
Jokes and marketing aside! Retreats or trainings wherever they may be can be helpful to allow us to take a step back from our day to day, give us sometime to fall back in love with yoga and make it more of a priority in our lives when we return.
Good Luck. You are not alone :)