When you start practicing yoga, the initial euphoria is followed by a period of reduced motivation and commitment. The newness of your routine begins to wear off, and you find it increasingly difficult to maintain the same level of enthusiasm.
Your schedule is tight because of work, school, or some other responsibilities. You don’t have time to go to a class or practice at home every day as you used to, and – let’s face it – nobody in this fast-paced world has the energy for something that requires so much attention and mindfulness for more than a few hours per week.
How can you stay committed and keep up with your yoga practice? In this post, we explore different ways in which you can stay committed to your regular yoga schedule in the middle of a busy workweek.
Establish a routine
The first thing you can do to keep up with your yoga is to establish a routine for yourself. You can choose to do yoga every day or several times a week, whatever feels comfortable for you. You can also choose what time of the day you want to do it. What matters is that you commit to doing it regularly.
A good way to stick to a regular routine is to make your yoga practice part of your daily “pre-show” ritual. Before you start work, do your daily yoga practice as a way to set yourself up for success, focus your energy, and make yourself ready to face the challenges of the day.
By integrating yoga into your daily routine, you’ll make it an essential part of your life, something you can’t live without.
Commit to a small, daily ritual
Set up a ritual around your daily practice. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or take a lot of time – even only five or ten minutes of daily practice can have a powerful and transformative effect on your life.
Find a suitable time for your daily yoga and try to stick to it daily, no matter what. You can do yoga in the morning before work, at lunchtime, in the evening before going to sleep, or any other time of day.
You can use your daily yoga practice to connect with your breath and your body, release stress and tension, and find new energy and focus for the rest of your day.
Make your yoga practice part of your routine
As we said above, try to make your yoga practice a regular and fixed part of your daily routine. If you can do it at the same time and in the same place every day, it will become easier to integrate it into your daily life.
If you want to, you can even mark this time in your calendar as “yoga” so you don’t forget about it. A calendar with all your daily activities and appointments marked can help you stay organized and focused on your priorities.
This way, you’ll have no excuse for not making time for your yoga. If you have a busy work schedule, try to do your yoga either in the morning before work or in the evening before bed. Both are great times for yoga and will help you stay focused and calm throughout the day.
Ask for help and find support
Practicing yoga is a great way to support yourself and your goals, but it is not a magic wand that can make all your problems go away. If you are experiencing negative emotions, you should talk to someone and find a healthy way to process and release them.
If you are dealing with anxiety or depression, yoga can be a great way to support you, but it is not a replacement for therapy or medication if you need them.
You can also ask for help from your yoga community. Find a yoga class or a local meetup where you can make friends with other people who are also into yoga and find support from them. You can also connect with other yogis online and share advice, ideas, and experiences with them.
Take a break from a physical practice
If you have been practicing yoga for a long time and find it difficult to stay committed to your daily practice, you can take a break from your physical yoga practice and focus on your mental yoga practice.
You can also switch to other types of meditation, like mindfulness meditation, and try to stay committed to your daily routine. Keep yourself accountable and avoid slipping into a downward spiral of negative thoughts and feelings by scheduling time each day to meditate, journal, or do whatever practice feels right for you at the moment.
Also, you can also try journaling when you’re in a mental slump. Your journal can be a safe haven where you can unload but retain the autonomy to distance yourself enough to stay objective.
Rotate your poses regularly
You can make your practice more sustainable if you switch up your poses regularly. It’s best to avoid doing the same few poses every day and to switch between different types of yoga. If you practice yoga every day, you’ll eventually run out of poses and have to repeat the same ones.
To avoid this, you can switch between different types of yoga every day. For example, you can do a hatha yoga class one day, a vinyasa flow class the next day, and a yin yoga class the day after.
By rotating your poses, you’ll have a fresh and exciting daily practice, and you’ll be able to stick to your yoga routine for longer.
Yoga can help you find balance and make more room for self-care. It is an excellent way to reduce stress, find your center, and recharge your energy. Even if you are very busy and don’t have much time to practice, you can still do short yoga sequences that will help you relax, release stress, and recharge.
If you want to make yoga a regular part of your life and benefit from its many positive effects, you have to commit to it and make it a priority. Establish a routine, make your practice part of your daily routine, and stay committed to it. With enough effort, you’ll see amazing results from your daily yoga practice.