Yoga is like anything that’s good for you, the more regularly you do it the more beneficial it will be. Of course you’ll feel the difference after a single session, but the value of a consistent practice is in its holistic benefits.
The real power of a yoga lies in the multi-dimensional aspects of the practice. Every time you step on the mat you are appealing to your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The more time and effort you put into your practice, the more you start to see it translate off the mat too.
“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.” – Marie Forleo
Consistency is the key to progressing in your practice, whether that’s progressing towards greater strength & flexibility, improved mobility, better posture, reduced stress, a pain free body or calmer mind. Whatever your intended goal, one thing is for sure – your whole body & mind will benefit in the long term.
If consistency is key then forming this healthy habit will come from repetition. They say it takes roughly 21 days to establish a routine, whether that particular length of time can be verified or not, research does suggest that synapses or connections between neurons in the brain form through the repetition of an action. The formation of a strong synapse is the difference between an action having to be premeditated or simply out of habit. For example, you don’t have to consciously remember to clean your teeth, it’s a long term learned habit that’s relatively automatic. It’s why we repeat things when we’re learning something new, the act of repetition commits it to memory so it becomes habitual. Your yoga practice is no different.
The more consistent you are with your practice, the more likely you are to step on the mat (or attend a class) without too much mental debate. Plus through muscle memory, building strength & stamina and refining technique you’ll find the opportunity to advance your practice over time too. It’s why a yoga challenge (21-30 days of consistent practice) is an effective way of establishing a regular yoga practice. When you get your body used to a daily practice, then maintaining 2-3 classes per week post challenge seems much more achievable than before. It becomes a part of a learnt habit, to the point where you will miss it when you don’t do it.
So, how do we create a consistent practice? Glad you asked, we have some tips…
- Embrace the journey – if you enjoy what you do and are not obsessed with the end result then you are more likely to want to jump on your mat each week. Plus frustration and ego are less likely to play a part. Does the journey still feel like a chore, then…
- Find the joy – create a practice that you look forward to doing. Find YOUR practice, or your yoga – the right time, style, teacher, atmosphere. Make your practice work for you, not the other way around. Again, the more it resonates with you, the more likely you are to make it a priority. Which leads nicely into our next point…
- Make it a priority – if you’re always putting your health and wellness on the back burner behind every other item on your “to-do” list then guess what, your health & wellness will suffer. It’s not really the end of the world if you don’t take the rubbish out (other than it piling a bit higher and potentially stinking out your garage until next week) but if you don’t dedicate time to your health then your body will get your attention down the track and not in a good way. So make it a non-negotiable on your to-do list. How? Glad you asked…
- Schedule it in – that’s right, book your class in like you would book in any sort of appointment and you are more likely to show up because you have made a commitment.
“Consistency is not perfection, it is simply refusing to give up.”
Need some more motivation?
- Join with a friend to help keep each other motivated
- Find your tribe or community, a place where you enjoy not just the practice but the people you meet and the friends you make along the way. Strength in numbers!
- Challenge yourself by trying a new style or booking in for a workshop to get a different perspective.
- Join a yoga ‘challenge’, as after the intensity of 21 days of yoga, 2-3 times a week will be easy! Plus you’ll be in the habit of attending regularly and will actually miss it when you don’t.
- Book a retreat, either the immersive nature of the retreat to help you delve deeper into your practice or the promise of a special reTREAT at the end of your hard work is motivation enough. Plus it ticks all the boxes – it’s a holiday, a change, a chance to relax, plus it’s healthy for you.
Make this the month to create a consistent yoga practice ~ see you on the mat Kula crew!
PRO TIP: If you need an excuse for a little retail therapy we have found that upgrading your yoga mat to stop slipping, or finding some yoga pants that feel good when you move, is enough for an extra boost of motivation to get onto your mat. If that helps you build some consistency we’re all for it!
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