Guest Author - Tracy Webb
All too often we embark on a new fitness program with much excitement and good intentions. However itís not long before many of us reach a point where our motivation and resolve are challenged. Does this sound familiar?
In many cases, stress too much work and a lack of self-confidence can be the cause. Itís common for a new activity to represent a way to bring something missing into our lives and more often than not, it becomes apparent that the self-fulfillment is often missing.
Finding your purpose and reason for undertaking a yoga practice will enable you to succeed. Also, identifying what it is that is missing or what you are trying to replace with yoga will give you a reasoned and rational place to start.
Many of us seek to find happiness outside of ourselves and not within. When we turn our attention inwards, there is a deep peace that dwells within us all. Sadly, most of us have no awareness or experience of it. When we come to know that our contentment lies within us, it is then possible to remove the expectations of what a new yoga practice can bring and allows one to enjoy it for its own sake.
This realization helps to remove resistance, competitiveness and the pressure we put on ourselves to succeed. We tend to approach things with the intention of being the best and put a lot of unnecessary or unrealistic expectations on ourselves. Shifting our perception slightly and remembering the benefits we receive, the enjoyment we feel and the pleasure of doing yoga every day adds to assisting in continuing a commitment to practicing.
ē Understand your reasons for undertaking your new yoga practice and remember them. Perhaps write them down to strengthen your resolve and remind you of your initial enthusiasm.
ē Donít be hard on yourself if you miss a session and resume your practice at your earliest convenience.
ē If you find you are missing several days practice, go back to the initial reasons you had for starting and discover if you still have the motivation to continue. Accept whatever you decide without guilt or judgment on yourself.
If you find that you are struggling with practicing the asanas, perhaps take a look at the asanas you have chosen to practice and review their compatibility with your bodyís requirements. Itís easy to change your routine and itís also recommended in order to prevent overworking the same muscles. Yoga is about balance.
Yoga is a complete philosophy and the asanas are only a small part of that. To balance your mind, body and spirit your yoga practice can assist you in other ways. The introduction of other aspects of yoga such as meditation and mindful eating habits into your routine could undoubtedly keep you motivated and help you continue with your practice. Yoga can then become who you are instead of what you do.