Discover some tips to be constant in the practice of Yoga.
To be "successful" (feel benefits) in the practice of Yoga, it is important to be constant. Practice regularly. Be patient and allow yourself to fail . It is through discipline, patience and perseverance, how you can feel the benign effects that Yoga has on the individual.
At first it seems harsh. Senseless. Very complicated. Breathing is not fully understood. Postures hurt. The joints complain. Every day the shoelaces accumulate.
This is normal. All human beings must go through this to benefit from its effects. If the body hurts, it is because it needs to move. Stretch. Hydrate. Instead of thinking that pain is bad, consider it as an ally. If you feel it, it's for something. Your body, perhaps neglected, needs your attention and love to awaken health and well-being in it again. presence and longevity.
So, so that consistency in practice is possible, we offer you these tips :
Create your sacred space and time: Whether in a studio or at home, to make yoga a part of your lifestyle, we invite you to set aside a sacred time and place for the practice . If it's an academy, make sure the place is welcoming; that when you enter it, you relax and feel at home. If you decide to start the practice from your own home, you can build a special space where you can exercise and evolve . You can place an altar with flowers and candles, with photographs or objects that inspire you, with incense... Create a place of calm and well-being so that when you think about the practice, a peaceful smile appears on your face. If you have the possibility, we also invite you to consider the time of your practice as sacred. That no minor impediment (laziness, an unimportant call, unnecessary purchases...) take away that divine hour that you grant yourself.
Stay away from distractions: Yoga practice requires a lot of concentration and mental strength . That is why it is important to avoid noisy places, with many objects in between or with technological devices at hand . The less things surround your space, the easier it will be to focus your attention on movement and breathing. Less things will have to see your eyes. Less things your ears will have to hear. You must have the will to want to spend some time disconnecting from the noise and familiarizing yourself with the silence. Thoughts will also distract you. But you have to get used to it. Do not punish yourself when you feel that they are thinking about something else: smile and reconnect with your breath. Little by little you will see how everything will calm down.
Start little by little : if you have never practiced Yoga or any sports discipline for a long time, we recommend that you start with classes of less time . 20 minutes a day to start is ideal. For the mind to lovingly welcome any novelty, you have to know how to treat it: it doesn't like long and difficult things very much. So start with short and easy classes . Gradually, at your own pace and without haste, you can lengthen the duration and increase the intensity. But only gradually; once you feel that your body is ready and your mind ready to incorporate new things. It is useless to generate more suffering than you are already feeling. Practice requires patience and great diligence. He also prefers quality over quantity. Feel free to start as a beginner, and enjoy the beginner's path.
Rest enough : learning to rest is another fundamental element to progress . It is useless to practice seven days a week and accumulate fatigue. That does not repair or restore. Giving yourself a day or two off is very wise : you can use those days to meditate or do a more restorative practice. In this way, you grant a break to the body and mind. In this way, your body is recharged and adequately prepared for future sessions. Attending to the body's messages is crucial to avoid any type of injury or fracture. If you feel that there is a day that you are very tired, do not practice. Don't force yourself. Don't try to go where that particular day you can't go. You will be surprised at how well you perform the next day. And remember that although we all like to perform and be effective, in the practice of Yoga the most important thing is to be intuitive . Know when it is appropriate to practice. Know when it is right to rest.
These are some tips that will help you to be constant in the practice of Yoga. It is also vital to use props if you feel that your body needs them, connect with a teacher with whom you feel peace and content, read books on yoga to better understand what you are doing, share your experiences with others... There are many ways to generate a capacity for constancy for practice : every human being has this ability. Sometimes it's just a matter of remembering it.