Fancy yoga pants? Check. Eco-friendly re-useable water bottle? Check. Natural rubber sticky yoga mat with snazzy mat bag gathering dust in the corner of your bedroom? Triple check.
It can be a bigger struggle to roll out your mat and get on it than to actually practice. So what if you are ignoring the call of your yoga mat? I love love love yoga but sometimes I find it hard to get on my mat especially if I am tired or have been teaching a lot. So rather than feeling guilty, what can we do?
Start small. Just roll out your mat and leave it out. Every time you walk past your mat step on to it and strike a pose. Even if it is just one. You might find yourself lingering for a lot longer that you thought you would. Leave your mat beside your bed so it is the first thing you step on in the morning. Move and breathe to get your day off to a better and more productive start.
Commitment. Consistency is key. Ignoring your mat consistently usually leads to ignoring it permanent. Equally enthusiastically getting on your mat every day or for a reasonable number of times per week will boost enthusiasm for your practice.
Dive in. If the softly softly approach doesn't work for you, avoid dropping in randomly to classes. It is easy to blow off a drop-in class. Sign up for a multi-class pass with a teacher you like and whose teachings really resonate with you. Mark off that time as busy in your calendar for next 6, 8, 10 weeks. And go. Every single time. Consistency begets consistency.
Immerse yourself. Book yourself into a workshop and fully immerse yourself in the practice for a full afternoon, a day or weekend. Jumping back into your practice with two feet and remembering why you loved yoga in the first place might just be enough to get you back on your mat regularly.
Mix it up. Practice at a studio, outside, for 10 minutes, for 90 minutes, in the morning, in the evening, before bed, take a flow class, take a yin class, focus on a particular body part, set an intention. Variety and creativity keep the practice fresh. You are different every time you get on the mat and your practice can be too.
Drop the guilt. If you miss a class or your home practice don't give up entirely. Don't give yourself a hard time about it. Put it behind you, look forward and get back to your practice as soon as you possibly can. No excuses.
'I really regret practicing yoga today' said No One. Ever.
What works for you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.