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1. Write It In Your Calendar, To-Do List, (And Set an Alarm!) In my experience, when something becomes a habit it’s easier to stick to. So if you want to be at yoga class every Tuesday at 6 pm, have your computer or phone send you a reminder at 4:30, and again at 5, and 5:15. And don’t let anything else get in the way!
2. Expand Your View of What Yoga Is. If you feel like you don’t get enough yoga in, it might be time to think about all the little things you already do in your normal life and infuse them with mindfulness and breath. The five-minute break you take to chat with your friend in the office might not be what most people think of as yoga, but if it helps you become more balanced and aware–it’s yoga.
3. Practice While You Drive, Stand In Line, Sit at Your Desk… And So On. If you need to stretch to feel like you’ve done yoga, there’s no reason you can’t do that in little spurts all day long! Practice Tadasana while you stand in line at the grocery store. Take breaks from your computer every hour to do a shoulder opener and a twist. The possibilities are endless. (If you need more examples read my blog post “Yoga Everywhere, and I Mean Everywhere!“)
4. Make Yoga Top Priority. There will be days when the thought of peeling yourself off the couch and away from your favorite reality TV show is a struggle. When this happens, remember how great you feel after yoga–you feel energized and more balanced. That’s way more important than So You Think You Can Dance or what someone you’ve never met has to say to Twitter, right?
5. Forgive Yourself. Don’t forget that a big part of the practice is letting go of attachment–and that includes the attachment to your daily asana practice! So when something comes up that throws you off schedule and you just can’t make it to the mat, try not to beat yourself up about it. It’s part of the flow of life. Yoga isn’t going anywhere, and neither are you. Try it again tomorrow!
Erica Rodefer is a writer and yoga practitioner living in Charleston, SC. For more of her writing visit her blog, SpoiledYogi.com.