Let me start by saying the biggest thing you and I need to hear – your yoga practice is the best the day when you didn’t want to practice just because you didn’t feel like practicing. This fact works for all fitness routines and we all tend to need some motivation every now and then. Usually the reason is stress, mental tiredness, too many unfinished tasks or plain slacking.
Although we, LC Well, offer free yoga sessions in our JLT office, every now and then we see people skipping the class saying they got too mentally tired at work to practice yoga even when they wanted to.
So we did some research and looked around what the great yoga practitioners have to say about this or how they did what they did, and here’s some great insight that we found:
“The very heart of yoga practice is abhyasa ie steady effort in the direction you want to go”- Sally Kempton
“Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not the one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret to success”- Hatha Yoga Pradipika (book)
“This is why it is called practice. You have to practice a practice if it is to be of value”- Peace Pilgrim
So the above quotes do make one realize how important is it being regular to your yoga practice or any fitness routine for that matter. But still sometimes we feel lazy, to which I present to you the following quotation –
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel”- Kevin Trudeau
Anyone who has ever attended a yoga session already know how wonderful it feels after completing a session. And the more regular you are with your practice, the more used to will you get of feeling good, in other words you will increase your self love.
“Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame”- BKS Iyengar
And once you are on the path of yoga, regular or not, it will inevitably affect you for the better. But the more you practice, the more you’ll grow and the better your quality of life would become. Some things you can do to keep your practice interesting on days you don’t feel like practicing are trying to put interesting music on, changing the place of practice as a new environment could be a refreshing change. Similarly, new yoga clothes, a new yoga mat could be good stimulators as well and above all, a new routine in case you practice the same routine every time. After all,
“Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory” – Sri K Pattabhi Jois
So seek advice and motivation from yoga practitioners that you look upto. See how they keep going. And unless you are unwell or such, don’t skip just because you don’t feel like practicing.
Pro tip – in times when you don’t feel like practicing, tell yourself you will practice only for 15 minutes. Then you can stop or if you feel warmed up and good to go, finish your practice. But something is better than nothing and on days you don’t feel like move, move just for 15 minutes.
Check out LC Well’s free yoga sessions in JLT. Log on to www.lcwell.org and book your free yoga or free counselling session today.