Anne has written a few of her tips to keep up a daily practice of yoga. twice now! her last tips got deleted or lost somehow!
Mantra to encourage you
I wrote a blog recentrly about 'beer trays' and I find saying this little mantra to myself very useful. The mantra is in English, and all it is is Beer Tray. Its from an analogy that my Buddhist friend gave me. The analogy makes her meditate every day, it makes me practice yoga.
So if you imagine you are at a bar buying beers, a round of 8 beers and then you start to struggle to carry them to your friends. The bar tender offers you a beer tray but you say 'My hands are far too full to carry a beer tray too.' We all see that is silly and the tray will help you carry your pints. For the pints read tasks and problems in your life for the beer tray read meditation or yoga.
Low barrier to entry
This is a bit of a business-ey title to say, make it as easy as possible to practice.
Things I have tried:
I put my mat out ready.
I go to bed in my yoga clothes to try and make me practice in the morning (since I have given up trying to practice in the morning!)
Don't worry about yoga clothes, pants, suits, nakedness works too.
Choose a time that suits you. If mornings are your worst time, embrace that and do yoga in the evening.
Dont wait until Monday
I wrote this post on a Sunday initially (before it was cruelly lost to the internet ether!) So many times I've had a hiatus from my daily yoga practice. Ive been ill, just given birth, just plain lazy, addicted to a box set.
But I know now never to think that I'll leave the beginning of the daily practice to Monday. Although it feels more fitting and logical, it's really best to start NOW. right away. Put your legs up a wall, do a sunsalutation. NOW.
Bite Sized chunks
Man- this is reading like a revision guide!! Another thing that makes you avoid your daily yoga practice is that you will write a sequence down full of all the poses you can't do to start practicing them. You imagine you will do a 90 minute extra hard ashtanga sequence every day.
But this can feel daunting like an insurmountable mountain!
Instead I recommend just doing a few breaths of nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) or just one sun salutation. Then that counts and then ou will have at least started.... then you can go on an do your crazy long sequence IF you want!
REmember your practice doesnt have to be the physical either(!)
Do you have any techniques you use to make sure you get to your practice every day?
Let me know the more the merrier!