“You’re never too old—or too young–to start practicing yoga!”
“Yoga practice begins as chore, becomes a habit and transforms into a joy” Ancient Yoga saying, Author unknown
Developing a positive and healthy motivation for doing Yoga, Meditation or other Self-care practices may begin by seeking familiar goals—pain relief, getting git and flexible, specific health concerns, weight loss, stress reduction, etc. It is common to make gain in resolving these presenting issues in remarkable ways through our initial burst of commitment.
To continue beyond that and travel a path to greater overall balance and a lifelong practice of wellness; it is helpful to most if a more positively based desire and love of health and well-being needs to evolve. Rather than being saddled with a set of prohibitions and feeling burdened with additional tasks for which we need some illusory form of discipline, our practice can be fun and bring joy in its own right. As it grows over time it can be a vital and responsive part of our lives amidst the changing aspects of family, work, age and intentions.
Here are suggestions on how to get your Yoga and meditation practices started and keep things fun and vital over the long haul:
1.)The first is to begin by starting. It sound obvious but this can be the hardest step to take. Whether a Yoga or meditation class, a video, or book there are numerous ways to dip your toes in the water. Begin by yourself or with friends, group classes or private sessions. Ask questions of teachers and other practitioners. By just getting started so many concerns will dissolve So quickly you can will learn that this work on yourself can be satisfying and enjoyable!
2.)Related to that is to giving yourself permission in the early stages to sample various Yoga practices and styles. This is a reasonable and important way to understand how your needs may be met and find what kind of Yoga or Mediation class resonates with you best At some point honing in upon a principle approach or practice allows the focused effort that creates real progress to toward your goals.
3.) There is a phrase for this one: “Community over willpower”. Connect with your fellow students to share experiences and challenges, make plans for before or after classes to get together and otherwise add richness of other peoples experiences to your own process. That can get you the to class or otherwise help you keep up with things when motivation runs low as it sometimes does.
4)When you fall off the path, well, that can happen. Simply get back when you can. Hint: quicker is better… Keep regrets and self-recrimination to a minimum. Once you get started again you’ll remember why you loved it so much!
5.)Occasional forays into deeper immersions such as workshop or retreats can give experience with more advanced practices and teachings. Stretching your limits in this way can bring renewed vitality to ongoing practice and break through habits or rigid patterns that may have developed over time.
6.)Let things change. As you mature in Yoga and meditation the specific practices and style of practice may evolve to meet the needs of changing bodies and your evolving consciousness. This can be one of the most exciting rewards of building a committed self-care practice.
7.) Remember that Yoga and meditation are not a quick fixes to our challenges, yet at the same time their benefits are immediate. Our practice reminds us again and again that consistent practice leads to consistent results. For most of these benefits can and do accrue and deepen over time and can leads to remarkable changes.
At the bottom of it all is developing the ability to set and reset the firm intentions to do what sustains your well-being also supports you in being your best in all you do in your day to day life. With this intention conflicts and disruptions to our self-care practices are more readily resolved, obstacles are more easily overcome and the more sustainable and enjoyable our wellness habits become.