Let's admit it, sometimes it can be hard to step on the mat. But we have yet to meet anyone who do not feel amazing after a yoga session. So how can we get over the initial hump and find a way to kick-start our practice? Here we gather 11 top tips from the yoga teacher community.
We love this top tip from Christine Suzuki, founder of Core Focus: Make it fun again by connecting with the energies from your fellow classmates and perhaps gain a little inspiration. [caption id="attachment_20601" align="alignnone" width="694"] Taken from Core Focus facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Core-Focus/122976214512716[/caption]
Why didn't we think of this? Great tip from yoga teacher Sheena Shah. We're so excited, we have to share our favourite yoga playlist here:
Just roll out your mat, Step on it Start inhaling Forward fold And the rest will followMagic! We tried this and it worked. Turned out the hardest part is just rolling out the mat and stepping on it. The rest does follow. [caption id="attachment_20625" align="alignnone" width="600"] Champ needs no tips.[/caption]
Aim to do a short sequence with some relaxation; 10-15 minutes is fine. Better a short practice every day than an occasional 'blitz'! Once you have set the habit of doing some yoga each day then it becomes easier. You don't even need a mat if you are away - try standing postures, for example, or use a folded blanket on the floor.Lovely advice from Sarah Collins, Dru yoga teacher based in Surrey, UK. [caption id="attachment_20424" align="alignnone" width="600"] Our very own Kat demonstrates Dandasana in bed. No props required.[/caption]
I just give myself a tiny goal: 5 minutes on the mat every day. I usually do it right after I get up or just before bed. 5 minutes often turns into 10 or more but just getting on my mat once every day is half the battle.Wise words from Eleanor Hayes from BirthZang [caption id="attachment_20407" align="alignnone" width="600"] Prep for Lotus Pose by sitting like this (or as far as the knee will go) for 5 minutes every night[/caption]
Involve your kids or pets in your yoga instead of getting frustrated. And....DO IT! I have a tendency to say, oh I'll just empty the dishwasher, then I'll go on my mat. Put the mat down, and just do it.See Claire Saunders from Yoga Bright beautifully demonstrating that with her lovely mini yogi. [caption id="attachment_20608" align="alignnone" width="600"] Via https://www.facebook.com/YogaBright[/caption]
I'd lost my mojo with home practice until I took up running - I needed more yang in my life and now I'm loving yoga again!!!!Top tip from Kate Williams, Sunflowerboom counselling. [caption id="attachment_20609" align="alignnone" width="640"] Have you tried yoga and hiking?[/caption]
Roll out your mat and make your space before you go to bed, then when you get up you can just light your candle and sit on your mat. The hardest Asana is get your Arse-ana on the mat.Hear, hear! Thanks, Rosemary Paradi. http://instagram.com/p/zShUzgqeKE/?modal=true
I always try to explain in my classes that yoga is a way of life, you can use your travel on bus, train etc. by practicing for example Ujayi* or you can practise mindfulness while doing your housework like the dishes. Also you can practice Karma Yoga**.From Kiki Mieke Haar. *Ujayi breathing is the deep yogi breathing, and **Karma yoga can refer to performing act of kindness and devotions. Thank you for all the great tips! [caption id="attachment_20613" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Thank you for the great tips from Pete, Lots of Yoga's clan mate[/caption] Got more top tips to share? Feel free to comment below so we can all be better yogis. Curated with love from the Lots of Yoga team.