Baretoes Yoga and Belly Dance in Tamaqua, USA
How to get into a daily yoga practice and stick with it.
I can't tell you how many days I rolled out my yoga mat, sat down, and just did a few forward folds.
I believe some days call for this type of restoration and relaxation but I'd venture to say that most don't!
For nearly a year now I've practiced yoga every single day. Some days I practiced for 20 minutes and some days (I admit!) I barely did more than a few forward folds. But here's the thing,... I rolled out that yoga mat every day and gave it my best.
What kicked off my daily yoga practice was structure. To sustain a daily practice we must have direction! This direction gives us a reason to practice and allows us to see our progress. It also allows no room for laziness or being indecisive. We notice if we aren't following the structure and aren't being disciplined. You can ask yourself “Do I feel okay not adhering to the yoga practice that I agreed to?” This is not a matter of being a good or bad yogi. It's a matter of self accountability and svadhyaya aka self study.
While in Bali in 2014 I met an Ashtanga inspired yoga teacher, Anthony Scott. My fiance and I took a morning class with him, every morning, for 6 days. In just these 6 days I realized how do-able it is to get up and practice yoga every morning. Perhaps it wasn't easy, but it was possible! We learned several different sequences that could be practiced together or in parts. Ah, the structure. Practice daily and here are the yoga poses to practice,...every day.
This beginning of a new chapter is best when begun with a yoga teacher who can direct you on proper alignment and give you yoga poses that you wouldn't necessarily choose to practice yourself. If you don't have a yoga teacher near you then you can search yoga sequences online, pick a few, and practice daily. However, be aware that it is easy to only chose the poses that you like! Working with a yoga teacher also lends an extra bit of accountability. When your teacher asks “How's the practice going?” what do you want to be able to say?
I'd venture to say that EVERYone has the time to commit 10 minutes in the morning to a structured yoga practice. The key is to commit. Pick or be given a sequence and practice. Every day!
It's simple, and you can do it.