How to Build Your Motivation to do Yoga

Have you ever started a habit and done really well for a couple of weeks, then you have a little break because, as it does, life happens. A couple of days go by and it’s no big deal………until you realize that the habit you were doing so well at building has fallen way down on the priority list and days can turn into weeks. If you don’t reignite your motivation your habit could be lost forever, never to be attempted again. Well this is what happened to me with my yoga practice. In fact, it has happened quite a number of times over the last couple of years. This led me to think about my motivation to do yoga. For me it was about giving myself some much-needed time out from the fast pace of life. Something that I could go to when things were getting tough.

Understanding your why

What led you to Yoga. Was it a wake up call from your doctor, saying you need to exercise for your health? Was it to add something new to your existing workout schedule? For me it was the increasing anxiety and stress from being a busy working mum and my need to have some time for me.

Or was it……

  • Flexibility
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Strength
  • Lean Muscle
  • Spiritual

We all started Yoga for a reason. When you remember your “Why” and focus on it you may just find yourself itching to do a session.

Set goals

Edmund Burke once said “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little” 

Now I am sure we have all set goals for the New year and never actually achieved them. If you have achieved all the resolutions you have set them please contact me as I need to know your secret. But in all seriousness, the reason we often fail to achieve our goals is we fail to chunk them down into bite size pieces. If your goal is a big one and seems unattainable, chunk it into daily bites. This works with everything and not just yoga and fitness goals.

Incorporate it into your daily rituals

“Either you run your day or your day runs you.” Jim Rohn

I am definitely a rituals type of girl. I love setting up my day by starting with making my bed and doing my morning gratitude journal followed by a 20min yoga session and 5min savasana. Shower then coffee and read a book, all before the kids get up. This sets me up for a pretty amazing day. If you can incorporate even a short yoga session into your morning or evening routine, you are more likely to find yourself doing them automatically.

Be gentle with Yourself

At the end of the day we are all human and sometimes we just need to listen to what our bodies need and sometimes what we need is a break. There is nothing wrong with taking timeout as long as we keep sight of what is important to us and remember why we were doing it in the first place.

If you do take a break, a good idea is to set a date when you will revisit Yoga and schedule in some regular sessions again.

At the end of the day…..

There are a tonnes of other useful strategies you can use to build up your motivation for yoga again if you lose your mojo and these are just a small bunch that I find work well for me. I would love to hear what strategies you use.

Namaste

8 Replies to “How to Build Your Motivation to do Yoga”

  1. The thing you said about the goals is so true! If a goal is a big one it will seem unattainable, so chunking it into daily bites will make it easier to achieve! I love yoga but it takes time, so I always end up quitting. This is a tip I never used in my life before so it is time to do it!

    1. So glad you found a tip you can use. Chunking things down has been a game changer for me. I used to get so overwhelmed with everything I wanted to achieve. It all seemed impossible but making it into small easy to complete task makes it easier to see the pathway forward.

  2. Thank you for this article! And yes, I’m exactly there, I stopped doing my morning yoga session a few months ago (don’t really remember why) and I have a hard time starting again.
    I started to have back pain again for a few days, so it sounds like I stumbled upon your article for a purpose. I’ve just put yoga on my tomorrow’s todo list. I will start with a short 10 minutes session and do my best to stick to it…

    Thank you,
    Alex

    1. Thank you Molly, my goal is to share the real life strategies I use in my day and I am definitely not always consistent with my yoga practice which is why I figure others need some little helpful tips too.

  3. It truly is so important to remember your “why”. We spend so much time avoiding things we need to be doing for our health because we are treating them as though they are a chore, rather than something we chose to start for a certain reason that will ultimately benefit us.

    Goals are so so important as well! Without them, we are very likely to fail. Even if our goal is SMALL! As small as “I will work out/do yoga once per week”.

    Thanks for sharing!

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