Keeping Motivation

Practicing yoga on a regular basis takes time and effort and sometimes, it’s easy to fall into the “I’m too busy/tired to make it today” routine. We can always find a reason not to go when we  don’t want to.

The worst part for me is that I know if I simply go to class, I’ll feel better, have more energy and be less stressed, but yet somehow I end up talking myself out of going, especially on days when I need it the most. How can we get (and stay) motivated to keep practicing yoga?

Make it a part of your daily routine – even if it’s only 5 minutes of cat/cows in the morning before work or a few downward dogs before bed. Once you start making the time, the easier it becomes. In “Finding Motivation When You Just Want to Sleep,” Jami Lashbrook, a group fitness and yoga instructor of seven years, says  “Once you get into a routine, it gets easier. You just have to suck it up, start the routine, and stick to it.” But she warns: “Do not break your routine because then you have to start all over again” (Lashbrook 2012).

Make it a priority – Even though it’s one of the best things you can do for your health, it’s easy to put going to yoga/the gym off when we get really busy. Give yoga the same priority you give other aspects of your life. You make time for work, family and friends, etc; make time for yourself and yoga as well. This doesn’t mean heading to class seven days a week, but it does mean making a conscious decision to make yoga a regular part of your week.

Make it convenient – Carla Sottovia, assistant director of fitness at Cooper Fitness Institute in Dallas says, “Do whatever you can to remove obstacles to exercise, and make it as convenient as possible” (Anderson). Look for classes that fit your schedule, find a studio that is on the way to/from work or close to your home. It’s harder to skip class if you have to drive by the studio on your way home from work. Like/follow your yoga studio/gym on Facebook/Twitter so you can stay current on class times and schedules.

Make it fun – Try a new class, such as Candlelight Yoga, Happy Hour Yoga or Dance Flow. Bring a friend, check out events, such as yoga in the park or yoga on the beach, check local studios for weekly/monthly events and workshops. As with anything else in life, it’s much easier to keep motivated if you are having fun!

References:

Lashbrook, Jami. “Finding Motivation When You Just Want to Sleep.” Finding Fitness. 2012 Nov 3. Web. 2012 Nov 3. <http://jamilashbrookfindingfitness.blogspot.com/2012/11/finding-motivation-when-you-just-want.html>

Anderson, Virginia. “Exercise Motivation: How to Get it, How to Keep It.” WebMD. 2005 – 2012. Web. 2012 Nov 3. <http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/exercise-motivation?page=2>

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2 Responses to “Keeping Motivation”
  1. All so true. I’d add, making and breaking habits often takes longer than we expect. That ‘3 steps forward 2 steps back’ stuff is part of the process and not something to beat ourselves up over!

    • Thanks for your comment – I think a lot of us forget that making and breaking habits takes time and isn’t something that happens in just a week or two. I always want instant results so keeping in mind that this is a process definitely helps me.

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