Finding motivation for Yoga + Movement at home...
Whether you're brand new to virtual classes or you're a long-term pro, how can you ensure that you’re motivated enough to consistently show up for class? It’s totally fine to take a day off from working out now and then, but ideally, to keep you in tip-top physical and mental condition, you should be aiming for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
So, what can you do when motivation lags for an online yoga class… or any other form of exercise, for that matter?
1. Schedule - commit to a time and make it achievable
One of the best things about yoga is that you don’t need much equipment. However, a mat and props (a strap and a couple of blocks) can help you commit to your practice and make some poses more comfortable or more interesting! If you need help choosing a mat, give me a shout! I also get good discount with Sweaty Betty, Manduka and Yoga Mad.
You can check in with your accountability buddy any time you’re feeling your motivation lagging and cheer them on when they’re feeling the same way. The National Institute for Fitness & Sport highly recommends this approach!
5. Work towards a goal
We all have a general understanding that working out has plenty of benefits for our physical and mental health, but when that’s not enough to get you pumped up for a gym session, jog, or online yoga class, it might be time to show yourself some tough love....
Let’s get specific. What do you actually want to accomplish with your online yoga classes? Do you want to be more mobile? Increase your body strength? Improve your mental health? Use the time for yourself to just clear your mind? Or do you just want to get more comfortable with exercise?
There’s no “right” or “wrong” answer, and no goal is too small. The trick is to simply set a goal.
Write it down somewhere you can see it regularly. Tell your friends and family about it - tell me about it! That way, when you’re feeling less than motivated to follow through with an online yoga class, you’ll have a clear reminder of why you wanted to do it in the first place. I personally think that just committing to a weekly workout plan is a great goal to have!
9. See it through
If you’re one of those people who seeks the “perfect” practice, know that it doesn’t exist - there is no perfect in my classes - we are always learning, always growing.
In practical terms, try not to spend the time you’ve allocated to yoga procrastinating. Add it to your schedule and unless there's a genuine reason to stop practising, try and see it through. It’s the nature of the monkey mind to keep searching for “perfection” but whatever unfolds you learn something (whether about yoga or yourself).
Know too that the biggest lessons are usually learned from doing what you find challenging – be this physically or mentally.
10. …at the same time, cut yourself some slack
For all its benefits, practising at home can, of course, sometimes be more challenging than going to a studio. If finding time to squeeze your yoga practice in between work and family commitments causes you more stress than going to an external class, then that’s fine too. The key thing is that you just show up on your mat open, present, accepting and curious – wherever it happens to be.
Now take a deep breath, make a plan and book your class. I for one, can't wait to see you! 😍