One of the biggest obstacles that keep people from practicing yoga and meditation is their busy schedules. There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day! I get that, I've been there and still am there some days! The one thing I've learned is that nothing comes super easy, you have to work at getting what you need. With Yoga there is no exception. I think people think of yoga as this place you have to go to in order to "bliss out". Most of us want to have an escape and we have been told yoga is that blissful thing where we forget our troubles, and thats just not the case. Although I am a huge fan of going to a studio to practice, when you're busy it just becomes another errand to add to your list. So here are a few ways to get over that busy schedule and get your Yoga practice to fit into your day!
1) Establish Yoga as one of your Priorities
If you don't establish this first then it will never happen! Why? We don't often care about something that isn't a priority. So when it comes to wellness, you have to reaffirm that its a priority on your list of tasks to accomplish in the day. Write down a list of all the things that are valuable to you and add Yoga to the list. When you visually do this and see it, it allows you to remember it more vividly. Establish all the reasons Yoga is beneficial to you, from the physical to the mental. Knowing your "why" is just as important as the act itself and will solidify it as a priority in your mind.
2) Get a monthly online subscription to an Online Yoga Studio
Why online? It allows you to practice at home at your convenience, any hour of the day for any amount of time. Why Monthly? Commitment and Budget. You need to stay committed to your practice and this is one of the best ways to state that commitment to your wellness. It also allows you to save money on classes, especially with the rising costs of studio classes. Of course I would suggest the Hippies and Granola Online Studio, but if you have your own yoga teacher that you love ask if they teach online and subscribe to them. If you are super tight on money you can always find a teacher on YouTube that you can subscribe to as well and for free. However if you aren't fully committed to them, either because its a stranger or there is no financial commitment, then it may not be the best anchor for you so just remain vigilant. Try and stick to a style or a teacher that you love.
3) Write it into your Planner
Planners are an amazing tool for getting you focused and clear on your day, and when you see yoga on the page it just makes it that much more exciting! To get started, plan your week at a glance, write down all the places you have to be, like work or school, and all the chores you have to do, like paying a bill or laundry. Then add yoga in to the slots that remain open, this could be either the 20min between breakfast and getting ready for work or the 40min extra you have before bed. It could also be 10-15min for morning stretches after waking up or a full hour to take a class. Visually seeing the free time you have to get in your yoga will make it that much more accessible. In reality you have more time than you think! Don't forget to also make time for meditation as well, even just 5 min a day makes a world of difference.
4) Track your Progress
When you track the progress of your practice, you get a real sense of how beneficial it is for you and your life to remain focused and ambitious. You can do this by adding a small section in your planner to track the days you complete a practice and how you felt afterward, or you can write in a journal or the notes section of your phone as well. Some of you may even track your practice through pictures, wether thats in social media or just as a log in your phone. Either way bring your awareness to how the practice of incorporating wellness into your day feels. This will help you remain clear on your intentions and why its important to you. You can also do this with meals or water intake, anything in the wellness realm is fair game. I started tracking my water intake and it has helped immensely, and it inspired me to also track getting more greens into my diet which was difficult for me when I was stressed. Now keeping track of all of that helps to keep me motivated.
I hope this has been helpful and allows you to think about adding more yoga into your day. Sometimes we just need to get out of our heads and get onto our mats!
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