How did I manage to stick to a routine?
The interesting thing I’ve found about committing to a lifestyle habit is that the motivation does not come from the end goal.
Yes, I’m saying the end “result” is actually not that important!
Why? Because each day, my motivation does not come from a place in the future. Each day, when I decide to roll out my mat, I don’t do so with a vision in my mind of myself nailing a tree pose upon a mountain top, with the wind slowly caressing my toned 6 pack (ok that would be pretty cool).
The motivation comes from the pure joy for the journey.
Each day, my love for yoga outweighs my desire for procrastination or laziness.
Each day, I find joy in the little wins. Some days, I find my feet suddenly reach that little bit further than they did the day before.One day, that difficult crow pose I was practising became seemingly effortless.
The key is that I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day here or there, and I don’t get frustrated if my downward dog doesn’t look as great as the girl on the mat next to me, or the yoga instructor on youtube (Check out Yoga with Adriene here).
What have I learned?
- Patience: You don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else – You need to be happy with where you are, right now. Yes, that sounds so lame but when you put it into practice, the only person you’re competing with is yourself.
- Mindfulness: The art of creating a physical meditation combining both movement and breath is really an act of centring oneself in the moment. I like to remind myself of this both on and off the mat.
- The benefit of releasing limiting beliefs: My entire life I said I was not flexible. I have never been able to touch my toes and I never will. This was simply not true. Now I can touch my toes with ease and my flexibility is improving daily. Do not limit yourself!
- Self-Kindness: The way you treat yourself matters. Investing time to nurture your body and mind will change every aspect of your life for the better. When you treat yourself with kindness, it’s easier to treat others with compassion and kindness also.
Will I continue?
Absolutely! Yoga is now a part of my life and I look forward to the next steps in my yogi development (I’m about to start a month of Bikram – stay tuned).