It is the season of travel - for both ourselves and our favorite yoga teachers. When classes are cancelled or inaccessible, it can be easy to get out of your yoga routine altogether. How can you motivate yourself to keep going with your practice? Here are a few ideas:
Commit to just a little and do more when you can. In classical yoga, there are certain practices that are called “complete”, meaning that all the benefits of yoga can be found within them. Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation), Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breath) and Japa (Chanting) are three complete practices. Pick a practice and commit to doing one round a day, which can take less than 1 minute. Then if you have more time - even a minute or two more - you can add on. You’ll feel better about your practice by keeping it supremely manageable, and you’ll feel better period by doing a bit of yoga daily.
Incorporate rather than add on. Although vacations are meant to be relaxing and rejuvenating, it is easy to find your days packed with sightseeing, plane and bus rides, and socializing. Instead of making yoga one more thing to squeeze in, notice how you can incorporate yoga into your existing plans. Have a long plane or train ride? Listening to a meditation or yoga nidra can make your trip seem faster and more pleasant. Driving to your destination? Yoga audiobooks or kirtan recordings can help the miles fly by. On a cruise or tour? Yoga classes may be offered as part of your package - be sure to inquire.
Take advantage of technology. Your favorite teacher may have YouTube videos, recordings of their classes, or email inspirations. Or you may be able to join your regular class via Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp if you are out of town.
Seek support. Join a challenge, find a friend that will do their daily yoga with you, sign up for a daily inspirational email. Harness the truth of the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Wondering where you can find some extra support and motivation? We would be honored to help. Join the 19-day Keep In Touch group and get daily short practices that will help you find an oasis of peace and practice. It is absolutely free and accessible for all levels of practitioners - even new ones!