A. HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED TO DO KEEP DOING YOGA REGULARLY?
Practice with a family member or friend.
Practice Sun Salutation for 15 minutes and end your day with 15 minutes of Meditation. Make it a steadfast rule that you will not change. If for some reason you did skip next day do some Karma Yoga to compensate for your missed yoga and meditation ritual.
B. THE VOICE OF THE YOGA TEACHER SUNITA
- Please create an intention for your practice today. All days are not same.
- I try to listen to what your body needs that day, to make you move at your own pace, and develop intuition about what sequences or kinds of yoga poses you want and need to do most on any given day.”
- If you are fatigued, you may want to do a more restorative yoga sequence. If you’re feeling energetic, a more flowing, fast-paced or rigorous set of yoga poses may feel more satisfying or help you channel that energy. Many like to do an energizing yoga practice in the morning and a calming restorative practice in the evening.
But listening to what you need is more than a physical thing.
- Being present during your practice means allowing yourself to be aware of whatever physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts are currently arising. Be creative and spontaneous. If you approach your practice with a sense of curiosity, rather than self-judgment or competitiveness, you will find it easier to motivate yourself to practice — and you’ll be more present when you do practice.”
- Sun Salutations are a time-efficient way of practicing yoga because they thread together poses that involve different parts of the body. Sun salutes are also commonly practiced as a warm-up, followed by standing poses such as Warrior I, II and II — and ending with forward bends, twists and restorative poses.
- As you advance, you may want to move into more challenging intermediate and Advanced Yoga Poses such as arm balances, inversions and backbends.
C. LISTEN TO YOUR INNER INSTRUCTOR AND PRACTICE YOURSELF TOO APART FROM THE GUIDED INSTRUCTION TO BLOSSOM LIKE A LOTUS.
Practicing yoga in the quiet of your home allows you the space to honor your body and teach from within, paying close attention and exploring what your body and spirit need each day. In a yoga class, we often pay more attention to the bodies around us, trying to “keep up” with our neighbors or fit our own bodies to the teacher’s instructions. In the meditative calm of your home studio, you can:
- Tune inward, work at your own pace, and take the time to listen to your body
- Check in with yourself and turn your attention to how you feel
- Personalize your practice by choosing the poses and rhythms that best fit your mood and needs for the day, incorporating invigorating vinyasa sequences, balancing asanas, or restorative breathing and stretching.
- Take the time to adjust a pose if it doesn’t feel just right, hold a pose for a longer period of time, or rest when your body tells you to, without feeling like you’re falling behind.
Remember, too, that a home practice also can be a wonderful addition to group classes.
So, roll out the welcome mat and make yourself at home.