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    June 29, 2021 3 min read

    Cultivating a daily yoga practice

    Creating a habit can sometimes feel very challenging—but it doesn't have to be. The trick is to help train your mind into getting used to your new daily yoga habit.

    Most of what we do is part of an established routine. So, adding a new habit to your day-to-day takes a little bit of planning. If you want to cultivate a consistent yoga habit, here are a few ways to easily integrate it into your daily life.

    1) Start with small goals

    One of the best ways to nurture a daily yoga practice is to take it one small step at a time. Sometimes when we’re excited about a new activity, we are filled with enthusiastic energy that motivates us to commit to big goals.

    This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but have you ever gotten so excited about something, tried it for a few days, then started to make up excuses to avoid doing it? It’s not your fault, it’s our brains! When the brain is not used to a new activity, it starts resisting the change.

    Cultivating a habit requires repetitive actions to help your brain understand the new routine. It helps to set small goals, like 10 minutes of yoga a day for a week or two. Pick a goal that’s almost too easy, so you can successfully show up to the mat each day. While feeling proud of your accomplishment, you’ll be more likely to stay motivated to set bigger goals!

    2) Add yoga to an already existing routine

    Creating a Daily Yoga Habit | Mukha Yoga

    Adding yoga to an already existing routine is another good way to help your brain get used to a new habit. For example, you can decide that after you wake up and brush your teeth, you get on the mat for 15 minutes. You can do it right before lunch, or after you get home from work. Pick a time that works best for you.

    Attaching your daily yoga routine to an established schedule helps your mind get used to the new activity in your life.

    3) Start your day with yoga

    Say Good Morning with Yoga. There’s no better way to set the tone for the day! Beginning the day with a yoga practice is a great way to support your daily yoga habit.  

    Before jumping into other daily responsibilities, try doing yoga first thing in the morning. You’ll enjoy the benefits of becoming reunited with your breath, setting an intention for the day ahead, and feeling more centered and balanced throughout the rest of your day.

    4) Create an environment to support your habit

    Another way to help you develop a daily yoga habit is making sure your environment supports your yoga practice. This could mean preparing your clothes and your mat the day before. Place them somewhere visible so they serve as a reminder to do yoga.

    You can also set up a special yoga space at home to get you motivated. You could pick a spot in the house that’s uncluttered with lots of bright natural light—anywhere you enjoy being. Creating a space that is pleasant to spend time in will help motivate you to keep at it!

    5) Enjoy the benefits!

    This image features handmade gear by Halfmoon.

    When you’re consistent in your yoga practice, you’ll see the mind-body benefits. Over time, your body will have increased flexibility, mobility, and strength. You’ll also enjoy the benefits of better self-awareness and mindfulness. By cultivating a daily yoga habit, you can also cultivate a sense of balance to get you through life’s challenges.

    So, have you practiced today?

    Mila Meldosian

    By Mila Meldosian; All Rights Reserved @2021

    Mila MeldosianBy Mila Meldosian; All Rights Reserved @2021

    What is a habit?

    "Google the definition and you’ll learn thata habit is “a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.” You may think that habits are the same as reflexes, but the key difference is that habits are formed (consciously or subconsciously) whereas reflexes (like blinking) are completely automatic from birth. Habits are formed, reflexes are instinctive."

    From our article The Science of Creating (and Keeping) Habits.