When we make resolutions or set our goals, we do so with the best intentions. After setting our goals, the next task for us is to keep them. Most times, we find it very difficult to stand up from our bed and start practicing. When you consider waking up to the cold outside and the comfort your bed, you might get tempted to skip practice sometimes. However, when you discover that the newness of your resolve has worn off and you started skipping practice often, how do you remain motivated and dedicated to your course?
The good thing everyone should understand is that it takes a very long time to form a new habit and skipping practice for a day does not mean that you have failed. What it means is that it is time for you to renew your commitment and get back on your mat quickly.
Let us take a look at some tips that will help you stay dedicated to your yoga practice.
The first thing you need to do is to ask yourself what really keeps you coming back to your yoga mat. You can also write down the things that motivates you and post them in a place where you do your practice. Ensure that you put it in a place where you can see them daily. On a constant basis, re-evaluate your list. Maintain those practices that keep you motivated and let go of those that no longer serve you.
Doing short reading at the start of practice can help you set the tone for your practice and prepare you for either yoga asana or meditation. In addition, it can also help you to set the tone for your day or help you in the evening to wind down. Reading will give you some reminder of your goal as well as connect you to the wider yoga community.
It is very important to know that listening to inspirational messages throughout the day, which could be short, can help to keep you focused on your goal, and give you an added boost, especially when you may face the temptation of skipping practice.
Sign up for some challenge
You can sign up for a yoga challenge. It could be two weeks or one month long.
Try social media
Social media can also be a great place to find support as well as inspiration. There are many yogis out there, who are looking for consistently talking about their journey and looking for means to connect with other people like them, in order to share ideas.