Want to make yoga a part of your daily routine but don't know where to start?
The good news is that you aren't alone. Sticking to a consistent routine is something that most people struggle with.
It's no secret that incorporating yoga into your daily activities can bring incredible benefits to your mind, body, and soul.
From increasing flexibility and strength to reducing stress and anxiety, the benefits of yoga are undeniable. But creating a daily yoga practice can seem daunting, especially if you're unsure where to start.
So we've put together a guide with practical tips and personal anecdotes, that will help you through the process of creating a daily yoga routine that works for you.
Grab your mat, take a deep breath, and let's dive in.
1. Define Your “Why”
The first step in creating a daily yoga routine (or any new routine) is to define your "why." Why do you want to practice yoga every day? What do you hope to achieve through your daily yoga practice?
Is it to increase your flexibility, reduce stress, or simply feel better in your body? Knowing your "why" will help you stay motivated on days when you don't feel like practicing. You can also tailor your routine and yoga style to meet those specific goals.
2. Assess Your Lifestyle
The next step is to assess your lifestyle. What is your daily routine like? Do you have a lot of free time in the mornings or evenings? Once you know what your schedule looks like, you can begin to think about what time of day will work best for your yoga routine. One of the keys to creating a successful daily routine is finding a time that works for you.
3. Dedicate A Time & Space For Your Yoga Practice
It's essential to have a dedicated space for your yoga practice. It doesn't have to be large or fancy, just a space where you can roll out your mat and practice without distractions. Once you have your space, it's time to choose a time for your practice. Whether you prefer to practice in the morning, afternoon, or evening, make sure to choose a time that works for you consistently. Feel free to experiment with different times to find what works best for your schedule and energy levels.
But once you have found a time & space that works, stick to it. Dedicating a specific part of the day to your practice, will imbibe a sense of discipline on and off the mat.
4. Create A Playlist That Inspires You
Music is a powerful tool that can help enhance your yoga practice. Creating a playlist of inspiring music can make a significant difference in how you feel during your practice. Choose music that makes you feel calm, relaxed, and centred.
If you need inspiration, you can find our favourite yoga playlist in the link of our Instagram bio @kosha_yoga_co
5. Listen To Your Body
There are many different types of yoga, each with its own benefits and challenges. Some types of yoga include Vinyasa yoga, Bikram yoga, Hatha yoga, Iyengar yoga, Kundalini yoga, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, Prenatal yoga, and lots more. Choose a style that resonates with you and your goals for your practice.
For example, Vinyasa yoga can help build strength and flexibility while also providing a cardiovascular workout. Bikram yoga, on the other hand, is performed in a heated room, which can help with detoxification and improved circulation. Kundalini yoga combines physical movements with meditation and breath-work, making it a holistic practice. Yin yoga involves holding poses for several minutes to promote relaxation and release tension in the body. Picking a style that is aligned with your “why” is a great starting point.
Make sure that the style of yoga you choose to begin your journey with is something that your body is capable and comfortable performing. This is essential to ensure that you stay committed to the practice.
Once you develop the habit of practising regularly you can explore different types of yoga, so don't feel like you are bound to one style. You can then find elements from each style to create a practice that is unique and personal to you. Ultimately, the most important thing is to listen to your body and choose a practice that feels good for you.
6. Select Yoga Equipment
While you don't need much equipment to practice yoga, having the right, good quality props will make your practice more comfortable and effective. The last thing you want is to worry about your legs slipping during Downward Dog, or your blocks shaking while you attempt Bakasana!
So invest in products that nurture your practice and inspire you to be consistent. Essential yoga props for beginners would include a quality yoga mat, a yoga wheel, a set of yoga blocks and a yoga strap.
A high-quality yoga mat offers better grip and cushioning, improving stability and comfort and allowing you to practice without the worry of slipping or sliding. A yoga wheel helps to deepen your stretches and improve flexibility by opening your chest and back. Blocks and straps ensure you achieve proper alignment and accessibility of poses that you might not be able to initially. Additionally, high-quality gear can last longer and save you money in the long run, as you won't have to replace it as frequently.
With the right equipment, you get to practice with confidence, and can focus on your breath and movements. Check out Kosha Yoga Co.’s accessories to find high-quality gear that can help you achieve your yoga goals.
7. Keep The Poses & Sequence Simple
When starting out, it's important to start small and build gradually. Begin with a few simple poses or a short sequence, and progressively increase the length and intensity of your practice as you become more comfortable.
You should also remember that yoga is a personal practice and shouldn't be compared to others, especially the curated images of fitness influencers and yoga teachers on social media. These images can create unrealistic expectations and a sense of competition in your practice, which can lead to frustration and even injury. Remember that everyone's body is unique and has different abilities, limitations, and needs. What works for someone else may not work for you, and vice versa.
Furthermore, yoga is not just about achieving perfect poses or attaining a certain level of flexibility or strength. It's about the journey and the process of self-discovery and self-improvement. So take it slow and keep it simple :)
8. Set A Timer
By setting a timer and committing to even just five minutes every day, you're making it easier for yourself to establish a consistent practice. Even on the busiest days, you can find five minutes to stretch, breathe and move your body.
Set a timer on your phone or use a yoga app to guide you through a quick sequence. As you become more comfortable with your daily routine, you can gradually increase the duration of your practice. Remember, the key is to establish a consistent routine that works for you and your lifestyle. Even if it's just five minutes a day, you'll be amazed at how much of a positive impact it can have on your overall well-being.
9. Mix It Up
Remember to keep your practice fresh and engaging by mixing it up. For example, try different styles of yoga, or incorporate new poses. The more you mix it up, the more challenging it will be and you'll stay engaged and committed to your daily practice.
It's also important to consider varying the intensity of your practice. While it's great to challenge yourself with an intense Ashtanga practice regularly, it's equally important to incorporate other elements such as meditation and breath work into your routine. These practices can help you find balance, cultivate mindfulness, and reduce stress and anxiety.
10. Join A Class or Workshop
If you’re still finding it challenging to stay motivated to practice yoga on your own, joining a class or workshop can be an excellent way to stay committed to your daily yoga routine. Classes and workshops offer several benefits, including the opportunity to learn from a professional instructor who can guide you in your practice and correct your form.
Additionally, joining a class or workshop can help you meet like-minded people who share your passion for yoga and provide you with a sense of community and accountability. You’ll find a list of classes and workshops happening around you on our website and on our Instagram @kosha_yoga_co
11. Be Consistent and Hold Yourself Accountable
Consistency is another key when it comes to creating a daily yoga practice. It's essential to hold yourself accountable and commit to your practice even when you don't feel like it. Try to set achievable goals for yourself, such as practicing for 10 minutes every day or attending a yoga class once a week.
Having a daily yoga practice can be a wonderful part of your life. By following these simple steps, you can create a routine that fits your lifestyle and helps you achieve your goals.
Remember, your yoga practice is unique to you, so take the time to listen to your body and honour your needs. Then, with dedication and commitment, you can create a daily yoga routine that supports your well-being for years to come.
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