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GET BACK TO YOUR MAT
If your yoga practice has lapsed, or you’ve never been able to build yoga into your daily routine, when is the best time to get back to the mat? Now. January is the most popular time for making resolutions and you have extra support by knowing you are part of a group! Your body and mind will benefit from getting back to a movement routine but it can be hard to make yoga a habit. We understand; we really do. We understand the commitment and adjustment it can take to build in yoga around a busy life with work and family commitments. We have put this course together especially for you, selecting classes that you can readily fit into your day and selecting seasonal favourites to support you in making yoga a part of your routine. Our tips will support you as you build yoga into your life everyday and here is a class from Mimi Kuo-Deemer to get you started.
This two-week course is perfect for:
- All Levels
- Supports you in building a habit
- 12 classes
WHY GET BACK TO THE MAT IN JANUARY?
In the depths of winter, we can all feel sluggish and it feels like an extra effort to get on the mat. Yet this is a great time to make yoga a habit. The start of a new year gives us an extra impetus to make healthier habits. The days are getting longer, and the holidays have most likely meant that you have had a pause in your regular routine. This shift in energy can give you extra impetus to recommit to yoga and to get an extra boost in forming new habits. Traditionally in Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, winter is dominated by heavy, dense, wet and stable qualities and the body can feel sluggish. The slower pace of the season gives you the time and space to make and stick to a schedule. It is a good time to slow down in your yoga too and reflect the more introspective nature of the season, perhaps trying yin or restorative yoga, introducing meditation and maybe a slow mindful flow. Focussing on yourself and your wellbeing can feel soothing. By making your yoga match your mood, you are more likely to stick to it.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We have selected 12 classes all under 30 minutes so that you can schedule this into your diary. The classes in this course are accessible to all levels and include steadying, balancing and grounding classes which allow you to slow down and begin to form a habit. We have included different styles of yoga so you can explore what will work for you in the long term and we’ve included classes suitable for different times of the day, so you can experiment with what works best for you. By finding your sweet spot, you will find it easier to commit to yoga long-term.
WHY LITTLE AND OFTEN?
Doing something little and often makes it easier. By committing to doing some yoga every day you are laying down a healthy new pattern and in the long term, you will find this is more effective than doing a two-hour class once a fortnight. Pushing yourself hard once will not support you in developing a daily discipline. By carving out time for yourself which you guard, you are also making sure that you are prioritising your wellbeing. You can also support yourself in making this habit by scheduling in your class just before or after you regularly do something so that your yoga becomes an extension of your other regular activity.
HOW TO PRACTICE AT HOME AND FORM A HABIT THAT LASTS
We think that with a little planning, the rewards of doing yoga at home are so much richer because you do your yoga on your own terms. So here are our suggestions:
- Schedule in your yoga class
- Make a Movelist
- Set Your Alarm Clock a little earlier
- Write it into your diary
- Show up for your class - if you'd booked in at a studio, you'd turn up. Treat your class at home in the same way.
- Find an accountability buddy and make sure they check in with you
- If you really, honestly can't squeeze in half an hour for our suggested class, don't be hard on yourself. That's OK, but do pick a shorter class from our Under 10 Mins selection
- The trick to forming a habit is not to miss a day, no matter how busy you are. Everyone can fit in under 10 minutes to take care of yourself.
- Do a quick body and mind scan before and after your class. When you can feel the benefits from your practice, you'll be more likely to take the time to schedule it in for tomorrow.
- Reward yourself
Making it easier to get started also helps you to form a habit. You might want to find a space in your home that you can regularly do your yoga in. It doesn’t have to be a dedicated space, but perhaps find somewhere uncluttered where you can easily roll out your yoga mat. You don’t want to use your precious time, tidying your space.
LET GO OF EXPECTATIONS
Finally, Let go of your expectations: you will feel different each day. Accept what you find and use the class as an opportunity to connect with what is going on for yourself. Finally, remember the important thing is that you do yoga. You don’t need a mat or special props or clothes. Use and adapt what you have at home.
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