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There are many wonderful perks to practicing yoga such as strength, balance and flexibility. I love that it requires very little space allowing you to practice just about anywhere. Let’s talk about how you can create an environment that is appealing and motivating, to really inspire your practice.
*If you can, devote a low traffic room or section-off part of a room to be your own exercise and meditation space. Then, make it your very own! Personalize it with color, art, fabric, pillows, a spiritual icon and things that you find beautiful. What brings you peace and inspiration?! Once your sacred space is staged it makes it easier to show up and unroll your mat.
* A non-slip surface is best for your mat, like hardwood or a firm rug. Light a candle or use a diffuser with a blend of essential oils to add an extra layer of happiness to your practice. Hide your phone (unless you’re using it for your practice). Place your computer/phone on a small table at a good height for viewing. Have the room at a comfortable temperature – avoid a cold room if you can. Fresh air and natural light are best but try not to be in the direct sun.
*Keep this significant space free of clutter and clean so that your mind can relax when you are there. Stow your pretty mat, blanket and props in a basket or cupboard for convenience.
*Follow up your yoga class with a meditation. You may sit or lie on your mat. (Do not lie down on your mat if you think you may fall asleep.) Instead, sit upright in a comfortable chair with your feet planted squarely on the floor. You may not be able to practice yoga each day ( 3 X a week is a good start) but do your best to find a little time each day for meditation.
All of us have areas in our lives where we would love to add better habits. A consistent yoga and meditation practice can lead you on a path of greater health—mind, body, and spirit. Whether you’re looking to reduce anxiety or to increase strength and flexibility, a few steps can help you achieve your goals.
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*Make a Decision – We aren’t going to accidentally fall into healthier habits. We need to decide what we want for ourselves and make a commitment to incorporate that vision into our daily lives. If you’re looking to add a consistent yoga practice, you can take the first step by signing up for a class or subscribing to Yoga Bird online.
*Have a Plan – Set yourself up for success by coming up with a time and place for your new habit. The more consistent and concrete you can make your plan, the better your chance of sticking to it. Try to do your yoga practice at the same time each day and designate a place for it, even if it’s just a corner in your home. Schedule it on your calendar and keep it a priority. Yoga Bird has a yoga and meditation schedule that lays out a daily plan for 28 days. Does it look like too much for you? Then, start small. Choose three days a week. No matter where you are on your journey, now is the time to start.
*Envision Success – Being able to visualize yourself reaching your goal can help you add a new positive habit in your life. Take time to envision how the habit would improve your future. Also think about issues that might keep you from your healthy habit. This way you’ll be prepared to avoid the things that could stand in your way. Try journaling about it or take a few minutes before bed to envision what the next day will look like.
*Don’t Give Up – You’ll encounter difficult times—days when you’d rather stay on the couch or watch TV. Just remember why you’re trying to form a new habit and think about your goals for yourself. You can do this!