Recently, a lot of people has been asking me how I maintain my daily practice and how I keep myself motivated to get up early every morning. Well, I’m sure most of you are familiar with the “All or nothing” idiom but why can’t it be “All or something” ?
Lately, it typically takes me about two hours to get my full practice in but does it mean if I don’t have two hours then I won’t practice? No, because even 15 minutes of practice is something. Just go ahead and do your sun salutations if you’re pressed for time. Then close it off with three closing postures and you can get on with your day feeling great because at some point you made the decision and commitment to practice yoga and you did it.
And guess what? This “all or something” is my mantra of the day. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have made it to class this morning if it wasn’t for this mantra because as a result of staying up late last night installing my new table and chair (I was so excited!) I overslept. Haha, I ended up waking up an hour later at 6:00 am which was the time I planned to be at the studio… not my bed! At that moment, my mind prods me to stay home but I challenged my thoughts right back at it and said to myself: “Why stay home and miss out on what yoga has to offer? A little is still something. My mind is strong. And this is a test. It is testing my commitment to my practice.” And guess what? Not only did I got myself to the studio, I even nailed my very first garbha pindasana all on my own with no help! So what I’m saying is that the fluctuations of our thoughts unstabalize us and makes the mind weak. When we become aware of those thoughts, our mind becomes stable and we can think more clearly. Every bit of our effort adds up, and our yoga practice is our best witness! 🙂
So, you’re probably here because you are practicing yoga and want to keep it going. Well, consistency is key because our brain likes patterns and learns them well. And the only way or rather, the easiest way to be consistent is to develop a habit. A habit can easily develop if you plan ahead and set the same routine (be specific), at the same time, and everyday. For example, for me my routine is to go to bed at 9-10:00 pm, wake up at 4:30-4:45 am, leave the door by 5:00 am the latest, and start yoga at 6-6:15 am five to six days a week.
So there you have it! I hope this method helps you sustain a consistent yoga practice.
Have a great practice and enjoy your personal yoga journey! Remember, it’s all or something. Every effort counts and is worth a celebration or two 😉