Cheers to 2017! A new year, a new you! Now, more than ever is the best time to commit to making the changes you want to see in your life. We know the benefits of yoga are so diverse but how can we all make the most of our practice each and every time? Here are some ways to make the most of the present, to be in the now & to get the most out of each and every practice this year:
Wakeup & Practice
Mornings are your platform for the day, you are most relaxed and motivated in the mornings. Sometimes the warm, comforting feeling of your bed is just too much to give up getting out of bed for but trust us, rising early to practice will leave you feeling more energized throughout the day. Your body might be stiffer if you go straight from your bed to the mat, but your mind will for sure be a lot calmer.
Practice in YOUR time
The practice of yoga should never be a forced activity. Don’t practice yoga when you are in a hurry, make sure you give yourself time to start and end your practice soft and smoothly and always take your time in savasana without needing to think about what to do next. After your practice take 10 minutes to reflect, to sit and just be. If you go to a class, try to arrive at the class at least 5-10 minutes before it starts. Spend some minutes with yourself to put yourself together, do some stretch or take a short savasana. After class, its all about you, take this time to be in the now.
Silence is golden
Have you ever stopped to listen to whats going on around you in your everyday life? We are constantly surrounded with noises and music. When you go to a class, usually there is some background music. Let your breath guide you, and notice the difference in your mind state when you do this. In silence, it is easier to concentrate and go deeper into yourself and your body. Feel your body in the poses, connect with yourself, the internal stuff. This is easier done in silence – if you haven’t tried, try!
Surround yourself with peace and quiet
Before you start your practice, make sure to set a nice space and setting. Light a candle, an incense or make another setting that you prefer. This little act will make your yoga feel more sacred. Make this little act be an act of stillness, to focus and to tune into your state of awareness. Tuning in to your yoga mode will come more naturally and easily.
Ditch the distractions
Yoga time is YOUR time. Turn off anything that can distract you. Disconnect from technology so you can fully connect with yourself without letting anything disturb you. This is even more important if you practice in a class – don’t disturb the other students, and hopefully they won’t disturb you!