I have been trying to get into yoga for several years now. Try as I might, nothing sticks. I’ve tried purchasing several class packages to motivate me. I’ve set goals to try practicing once a month. I’ve gone to multiple classes, trying different types, instructors & locations. I just didn’t like yoga. Annnnd if we’re being completely honest, I still don’t really like it, but I have an appreciation for it. I think that’s what got me to enjoy it more, accepting that it’s not something I love, but settling into finding it acceptable. And who knows, maybe this will grow into love!
Practicing on my own
I didn’t realize one of the things I disliked most about yoga, was heading to classes where everyone already knew what they were doing (even those darned beginner classes!) and I was constantly comparing myself to them and trying to achieve the perfect pose instead of clearing my mind and just being. Being at home on my own is definitely my jam. I don’t worry about other people around me, I just do my thang!
Making it a daily practice (temporarily)
Getting myself to practice each and every day for 31 straight days, got me into a routine. I should have known from past experiences, things for me tend to stick best when I make them part of my routine. As the 31 days are over, I don’t intend to continue making it a daily practice, but my goal is to try for a practice once a week.
Combining it with meditation
Meditation has always been a goal of mine too. Which also hasn’t stuck 😉 I find that clearing my mind and focusing on my breath while doing yoga is a form of meditation. I’m sure some people may consider this cheating, but it works for me.
Honouring where I am each day
The yoga guru I have started following, Adriene, has a bit of a mantray, “Honour yourself where you are at today.” It seems simple enough, but it’s actually unknowingly powerful. I will admit to going through some days being insanely productive, easily checking off my to-do list and getting even more done. And other days, I don’t even get halfway through my list and I put myself down wondering why I suck and can’t just be super awesome every single day. But every day is different, energy levels are different, moods are different – life is ever changing. So taking a moment every single morning to feel out where I am, really helps set the tone for the day. It’s ok if I’m not on my A game 100% of the time. This was a pretty big breakthrough for me.
Loving my body
Not totally in love with my body, but I find this is helping me become a small step closer every time I practice a bit of yoga. I appreciate it more and find more kindness with myself. That’s a pretty cool thing.
And now that you’ve come alllll the way down this far of a post that you may find slightly boring (kudos if you’re still with me!), your reward is a cute picture of Sunny and a snail that she tried to be best friends with on our morning walk recently.
Do you practice yoga? Do you have any online videos to share with me?