Three Tips for Making Your Home Yoga Practice a Habit

showing off our yoga in the kitchen for Rob

I am taking a blogging course. One of the things that we have been talking about is habits. In the context of the course, it’s about making writing a habit. But the idea of creating good habits towards the achievement of some goal can be applied to many other things in our lives. Have you ever wanted to create a consistent home yoga practice? What’s holding you back? You can probably come up with many things… Maybe making yoga-at-home a habit, something that we just did would really help. Here are some habits that might help your create a a home yoga practice that sticks.

1. Practice a set sequence.

Does this sound a bit boring to you? It had never occurred to me to practice the same set of poses repeatedly for a set period of time. But a couple of months ago, I enrolled in Marianne Elliiot’s 30 Days of Yoga course, and this was her recommendation. She gave us the choice of a number of sequences. Once you had decided on the best sequence for yourself, it was pretty simple. Do it. Everyday. For 30 days. I didn’t find it boring at all. In fact it was liberating. I didn’t have to think about what to do – grab a DVD, do an online video or my own thing, for how long … I just got on my mat, started Marianne’s video and followed along.

 2. Practice every day and commit to 15 minutes minimum

I think that in a strange way it’s easier to practice something every single day than only on some days.  I’ve tried this out.  In January and then again in April I committed to 30 days of yoga for 30 minutes each day. I knew each day that I was going to practice yoga. I didn’t have to think about what day it was–it didn’t matter. It was  a yoga day.  To make your home yoga practice a no-brainer, make a commitment to practicing every single day.  Yogis  suggest that a short and consistent practice (for example 15 min. a day) is better than 2 hours once per week.  15 minutes is substantial but does not seem overwhelming. You can pretty much always find 15 minutes somewhere in your day.

3. Prioritze your practice – set aside a place and time

Designate a spot for your yoga.    It doesn’t have to be dedicated to yoga only.  My spot is in the dining room.  It is little space between the kitchen and the dining room table that I know is always relatively clear.   I leave my mat  rolled up by the table.  That way I don’t have to search for it when I’m ready to do my yoga poses. I just roll out the mat,  settle  into a yoga mindset and go! Besides designating a spot for your yoga, it is also helps to schedule a regular time for your practice. Make it a time that gives you the greatest chance of actually getting it done. Although I am not a morning person, I have found that doing yoga first thing in the morning makes it far more likely to happen!

My home yoga practice is not as consistent as it could be. However I find that when I do these 3 things – practice a set sequence, practice everyday for at least 15 minutes and set a regular time – it is much more so. And it seems to snowball. The more I practice, the more motivated I am to continue and I also really notice if I miss a day. Pick one of these habits and try it out for this week. Let me know if you find any as helpful as I have.

What about you? Do you have any favourite tips or ideas for creating a home yoga practice?

Photo courtesy of janeyhenning (and it’s awesome!)

0 thoughts on “Three Tips for Making Your Home Yoga Practice a Habit”

  1. I am currently enrolled in a teacher training program and part of the curriculum is a home practice of 5 days per week and one day a week with a teacher.

    I find all three of your ideas are pretty much what I use to practice. There are times when I can’t practice in the morning (which is my favorite too!) but I do make my asana practice a priority in my life. If I’ve run out of time in the day, I find myself doing a restorative practice in the late evening.

    I use a series of sequences that I have found in magazines and I keep them in a binder so I can work all parts of my body. Of course I change things around a bit here and there but that keeps it from getting boring.

  2. Charlotte Bradley

    I do the same thing Lois. If I haven’t been able to get a morning practice in – then a gentle or Yin style practice it is. Usually after may boys are in bed. by then I am not up for anything too vigorous.

    I really like your binder idea. Keeping a set of practices and sequences ready to go. Thanks for the great suggestion! I think I will adopt that one.

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