Do you want to take yoga more seriously this year? Perhaps you want to include something extra to your routine or want a low impact way to get fit? Keep reading to find out how to get into Yoga and stick with it all year.

Make Daily Goals

Before you dive into yoga practice, it’s good to understand why you want to set yoga as your designed goal. Perhaps you are looking to increase flexibility and up your fitness level? You may need a good stretch after sitting at your desk all day long. Or maybe you are in search of good stress relief after a long day in the office? Whatever your intention, remember to approach your practice with this goal in mind.

Remove Setting Expectations

Don’t arrive at your yoga mat with any expectations. Turn off the inner monologue of: “I should be able to touch my toes already…” or “this looks so easy on Instagram – why can’t I do it?!” Focus on what you’re doing one step at a time. Remember – practice makes perfect and everyone has to start somewhere. Yoga isn’t a competition or competitive sport – you’re doing this for you and you only. Get yourself into this mindset and your practice will evolve naturally, beautifully, and safely.

Make a Plan

If in the past you’ve struggled to make yoga stick in your daily routine – perhaps you’ve cited lack of time as one of the reasons – make sure you plan ahead. Whether it’s carving out fifteen minutes in the morning to start your day with a boost of endorphins and a positive mindset or scheduling in time to attend that Wednesday evening class every week. Your daily yoga flow can be as long or as short as you want. And it can be as simple as swapping out the ten minutes spent scrolling after work with time to spend on your mat.

Stick to it

Like with any new habit or goal, sticking to it requires a little discipline – and yoga is no different. You can’t expect to reap all the benefits of yoga without practising it consistently and sometimes you may need to encourage yourself to get up and get on to your mat. But remember – start small and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you skip a day, it won’t matter. Small steps towards your goal are what really count.

Keep Positive

An important concept of yoga is to transform a negative thought into a positive one. In other words, avoid the inner voice that tells you that you can’t do it and keep going. Transform negative comments into little ounces of motivation that encourage you to keep progressing. It’s all about changing your outlook and practising with good intentions.

Keep Going

If you only listen to one of our suggestions today, make it this one. Keep going. No seasoned yogi was born a master – everyone has to start somewhere. From implementing five minutes spent on your mat into your daily routine to attending that weekly yoga class – every step counts. Make this the year you find escape and clarity with yoga – we promise you won’t regret it.