Consistency Is Key
Creating new habits is never an easy task and sometimes it feels like there's many barriers in the way. Something I've learnt on a personal level from being a yoga student and teacher is that consistency is HUGE. Little and often has a big impact when trying to change or introduce a new healthy habit and breaking it down into manageable junks can make it feel more realistic.
Traditionally yoga classes would always be 60- 90 minutes long, which as wonderful as this is and I do agree that there are many benefits to this it's not realistic for a lot of us to keep this length of practice up. It is also recommended that to see the best benefits you should practice yoga at least twice a week if not on a daily basis. A lot of my personal yoga practice or exercise tends to be 30/45 minutes but very regularly. There's lots of reasons why this is important but you have to find a way to be consistent that works for you and your lifestyle to save falling off the bandwagon completely and giving up.
Aside from the physical reasons for consistency which include maintaining and increasing mobility and strength, there are huge mental benefits from taking regular Savasana's (relaxation at the end of class) and/or meditation and breathwork. Getting used to being in stillness takes time for most of us , it varies from person to person but again from personal experience and feedback from students having kept a consistent practice they have reported beginning to find more relief from their "busy mind" and being able to settle and tolerate mind and body stillness more easily.
Here are a few ways that could help you to keep consistent whether that's in your yoga practice or otherwise
1. Find a daily/weekly time slot and commit to it
2. Be realistic with what you can and can't fit in
3. Create a specific goal to work towards
4. Be organised and plan your time in advance
I hope you've found this helpful, part of my passion is to make yoga classes accessible to all and this is why I offer a membership that includes yoga videos of different duration's suitable from beginner to intermediate level. Classes can be accessed at anytime to suit your life and include things like; anti-desk stretches, restorative, power and chakra focused flows.
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I have a background of over 7 years experience in Recruitment and Sales prior to qualifying and starting my yoga business Thankful Flow Yoga. I am passionate about health and well-being especially in the workplace and look to create a safe space whether it be in person or via zoom where you can unwind whilst building strength and mobility in the body as well as experiencing the vast mental benefits of yoga practice.