Yoga is no different. Even if you love Yoga, there are days when you don’t feel motivated to practice. Sometimes we can unconsciously avoid our yoga practice because it is hard to confront what’s going on inside. We need to be dedicated to reaping the benefits of Yoga. We must keep our practice consistent by finding powerful and effective ways to love it.
Yoga philosophy teaches us to be present at the moment and not get attached. It also teaches that everything is constantly changing. Enjoy your 90-minute Asana session, but expect it to happen only sometimes. You may also need a more extended savasana on another day. No judgment; go with it.
Yoga practice: How to love it
We’ve compiled nine ways to help you stay passionate about your yoga practice.
Try something new. It can be good to stick to a schedule, but we also need to change things up to keep us interested and to learn new things. The body requires variety in movement. By changing how you train, you can improve your resilience and develop strength in different body parts. You will also prevent injuries. The brain is always looking for new ways to do things, so you’ll also stimulate your mind.
There’s more to Yoga than just asana. You can explore many aspects of Yoga, reigniting your love for the path. You’ll find inspiration in all kinds of things, whether breathing exercises, meditation, or Yoga Nidra. You can also find podcasts on various topics, from the spiritual to the political to the scientific.
Connect with the community. Many yoga studios provide more than just classes. Look at what social events your local studios offer. This could be a meet-up for the summer, an evening of Kirtan, or a Satsang. Connecting to other yogis is a great way of reconnecting with your love for Yoga.
Remind yourself why you are here—understanding the why behind your actions is essential to cultivating gratitude and a feeling of purpose. You must have had a reason to get on your mat first. It could have been a physical injury, mental health issue, or desire to be healthy. To motivate yourself, remember why you started practicing.
Take your yogi on a date. It’s a great way to get things going between you two! You can go on a solo yoga date. You could go to the movies to watch a documentary on Yoga or to eat out. Or you can practice Yoga in nature with the elements. It can be beneficial to take space from others.
Create a sacred place. It is a powerful act to clear a space in your home for your practice. This is a powerful way to honor your practice and you by saying, “This is very important to me.” Set up a small altar near where you do your practice. Include some of your favorite crystals and candles and something natural, such as a pinecone.
Display your favorite yoga quotes. Many gems of wisdom inspire Yoga. Print out your favorite quotes or decorate them yourself if you feel artistic and display them around the home. You will be reminded of the love you have for Yoga.
There are many good books on Yoga. You can choose from a wide range of books on philosophy, anatomy, history, spirituality, and tantric traditions. My favorites are Fierce Medicine by Ana Forrest and Science of Yoga Risks and Rewards. Check out Amazon’s list of the top 100 best-selling yoga books.
Watch some inspiring yoga videos. Media consumption has an impact on your mood. If you want to reinvigorate your love for Yoga, you should watch a video designed to inspire.
These tips should remind you how good you feel when practicing Yoga with dedication and strength. You may not find all these tips useful, and the effectiveness of each tip will depend on where you are in your journey. Once you have fallen in love with Yoga again, you can use these Tips to stay committed to your daily practice.
How did you fall in love with Yoga for the first time? Would you like to share tips on how you fell in love with Yoga?