Creating Habits Of Health

Get Started and Keep Going in Your Yoga and Meditation Practice

Cultivate Health and Happiness: Building a Yoga and Meditation Habit

“This may sound too simple, but is great in consequence. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy. The chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth theignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.” — W. H. Murray, The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951 1

Are you looking to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety?
  • Improve your sleep quality?
  • Increase flexibility and strength?
  • Boost your overall energy levels?
  • Cultivate a sense of inner peace and well-being?

Getting started and progressing toward well-being by incorporating Yoga, meditation, and allied practices can help.

As a yoga and movement therapist with over 30 years of experience, I've witnessed firsthand the transformative effects of Yoga and meditation. Here's how this practice can enhance your life:

  • Physical Wellness: Yoga postures (asanas) improve flexibility, strength, and balance.
  • Mental Clarity: Meditation helps quiet the mind, reduce stress hormones, and improve focus.
  • Emotional Balance: Yoga and meditation can help regulate emotions and cultivate a sense of calm.
  • Inner Peace: This practice fosters self-awareness and acceptance, leading to greater peace of mind.

Deep Down, You Know You Deserve to Feel Better

Do you ever crave a feeling of deep peace and tranquility? Perhaps you yearn for a body that moves with more ease and strength or a sharper and less stressed mind. Maybe you dream of a life infused with greater well-being.

These desires are more than wishes – they're potent signals from within. They're whispers of a life waiting to be embraced, a life where Yoga and meditation can become your guiding light.

Yes, life can get busy, and starting a new practice might seem daunting. But what if I told you that the key to unlocking these desires lies not in a grand gesture but in a small, consistent step toward self-care?

1. Commit to Yourself:

The first step is to decide to make yoga and meditation a part of your life. Consider how this practice can benefit you physically, mentally, and emotionally. Take some time to reflect on how you'd like Yoga and meditation to impact your life. Write down your goals and motivations to refer back to when you need a little boost of Inspiration.

2. Set SMART Goals:

What do you want to get out of your practice? Set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound goals. For example, instead of aiming for a vague goal of "more flexibility," aim to "touch your toes within 3 months" (measurable). This goal is also achievable if you're a beginner with consistent practice. As you progress, revisit and adjust your goals to keep challenging yourself.

3. Find Your Practice Style:

There are many styles of Yoga, from the physically demanding Vinyasa to the more restorative Yin yoga. Explore different styles through online resources or introductory classes to find what resonates with you. Consider your fitness level, interests, and personality when choosing a practice style. For example, a gentle, more foundational yoga class might be a good starting point if you're new to Yoga and have injuries.

4. Create a Practice Space:

Dedicate a comfortable space in your home for Yoga and meditation. A designated area can help signal to your mind that it's time to focus on yourself. Ideally, the space should be well-ventilated and have enough room to move freely. You don't need a lot of fancy equipment – a yoga mat is a great start. Blocks, straps, and bolsters can be helpful props as you progress in your practice. Add calming music or diffusing essential oils to create a more relaxing atmosphere.

5. Find Inspiration:

Yoga books, videos, and online resources can offer new ideas and keep your practice fresh. Explore different teachers and styles to find Inspiration. Many free yoga resources are available online, but if you want more personalized guidance, consider subscribing to a yoga video platform or joining an online yoga community.

6. Build a Community:

Consider joining a yoga class or attending workshops with friends. The social aspect of group practice can motivate and provide a sense of community. The energy and support of others can keep you accountable and help you stay on track with your goals. If group classes aren't your thing, find a yoga buddy to practice with or connect with other yogis online.

7. Be Kind to Yourself:

There will be days when you don't feel like practicing. Don't beat yourself up! Everyone experiences life's ups and downs, and that's okay. Maybe you're feeling stressed, tired, or simply not in the mood. Instead of forcing a full practice, try a shorter, more gentle routine or simply some mindful breathing exercises. Remember, even a brief daily practice is more beneficial than sporadic long sessions. The key is to be kind to yourself, recommit to your goals, and get back on track when you're ready.

Exploring Further: Group Classes and Personalized Programs

Join our group Yoga and Movement classes to enjoy the transformative power of movement. Explore our group classes and discover a path to greater health and happiness.

Looking for a customized approach? Check out our Posture and Movement Therapy program designed to improve your well-being and address pain and movement problems at their root causes.

For more information on posture and movement therapy or to schedule a free consultation, please get in touch with me here or at (203)488-1700.


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