Each month at Kula we explore a different theme to give us focus on and off the mat. It allows us the opportunity to open up different areas of our life with the purpose of moving forward with our goals.
Consequently, after a month focused on the setting of goals, intentions and finding ‘resolution’, we move into a phase of “keeping up the momentum”. Now that you’ve had you kickstart for the new year, it’s important to ensure you keep moving and make ‘momentum’ a solid part of your practice. Not only does this ensure we keep moving forward towards our goals, but it helps us to create healthy habits that we will maintain long after the goal is met.
So, how do we keep the fire going?
“The amount of effort needed at the start pales in comparison to what your momentum can ultimately produce in the end.” ~ Lincoln Patz
One clear way to keep the momentum going is to enjoy what you’re doing. If you’ve set yourself a goal for the future, make sure it’s an outcome you’re looking forward to. Find the joy or the positive in your goal so that you can enjoy the journey, you’ll find you live more in the moment and the outcome will take care of itself. For more help on setting positive intentions, head back to our blog post on ‘resolutions’.
Here are our tips on how to keep the momentum going long-term:
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Give yourself mini deadlines or milestones to reach and allow yourself to acknowledge these important steps. After all, it’s all these tiny steps put together that create the whole.
“When you focus your attention on your intention you gain momentum.” ~David Shoup
Check in once a month or at regular intervals to see if the intention you set at the beginning is still relevant. Things change so it may be necessary for your path to evolve also. If you’re finding the journey full of road blocks or brings you stress, this isn’t necessarily healthy change ~ find the path of least resistance.
Make sure self care is a part of your journey, because keeping up the momentum is impossible when you start drawing from an empty cup. If you must, schedule in “time out” to give yourself the opportunity to rest, assess and recharge. If you’re practice of self care is regular enough, you’ll find that it doesn’t slow the momentum at all, it strengthens it.
How do we translate ‘momentum’ on and off the mat? For those of you who have taken on the 21 Day Yoga Resolution Challenge, ‘goal setting’ and ‘keeping up the momentum’ are very much key components to the challenge. The goal may appear to be completing 21 yoga classes in 21 days, but the real goal is establishing a regular practice long term for better health & wellbeing. The key to keeping up the momentum is the enjoy the challenge itself, which we suggest comes from planning your time, scheduling your classes, adding variation into your practice and connecting with community members along the way for support.
The key to keeping the momentum going is to find that balance between keeping your focus on your intention or goal and enjoying the journey.
“Don’t be concerned about reaching your destination. Enjoy the journey and the destination will take care of itself.” ~ Jenny Marie
About the author: Andy Broadbear is a qualified yoga therapist & teacher, who specialises in pre/postnatal + women’s health. She is also co-founder of YogaMamas, a health & wellness blogger, photographer and busy mama of 3!
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