Based on what I often hear from people (totally anecdotal and unscientific research!), their key challenge in maintaining a yoga practice at home - or any other type of exercise regime is staying motivating to practice consistently. I believe this boils down to making a heart-felt decision.
As motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said on a cassette program that I bought WAY back in 1991, the true meaning of the word "decide" means that you cut off any other option. I agree. And, I would also add - that your decision to practice yoga at home consistently must be heart-felt. Really.
You cannot just decide from your head to practice yoga regularly. Our heads are subject to too many excuses or "head trash" as author Noah St. John says in his books on how to achieve success. If you want to reap the myriad benefits that a yoga practice can offer you, make a commitment from your heart!
Your heart is the center of your feelings. And, as my spiritual coach, Carole Dore says so often, "feelings create! " When you make a decision from your heart, you are less likely to waver.
When I was on the cusp of turning 25 (oh so many years ago!), I realized that if I wanted to maintain my health and physique, I would have to commit to exercising from that time forward, for literally the rest of my life, barring any unexpected misfortunes that would interfere. I knew in my heart that I "just had to do it" - years before Nike came out with that slogan.
Granted, being taking by total surprise and dumped by a boyfriend with whom I had been having a lot of fun, may have also motivated my "heart-felt" decision to feel and look my personal best (you know, that "I will show him what he's missed!") by adopting a healthy lifestyle that included daily exercise. Nevertheless, I made a heart-felt decision to take as much command of my health as I could - and I have kept that commitment during the past 3 decades.
At the end of my book Yoga at Home: Gain Energy, Flexibility, and Serenity in 20-30 Minutes a Day, Chapter 15, Your Heartfelt Y.O.G.A. Commitment, gives the yoga beginner an opportunity to sign a heart-felt commitment to their yoga practice. I adapted the commitment from Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way. Yes, I believe putting your commitment down in writing and with all of your heart, helps.
Here is the commitment from my book which I would like to share with you. Use it!
"I, _____________, acknowledge that life is a treasure to be savored every day. I realize that to give and receive the most in life, I must be energetic, balanced, strong, firm, flexible, and serene in mind, body, and spirit.
Consequently, I view yoga practice as a refreshing, soothing, and essential ingredient of my life.
I realize that doing yoga daily helps to release the innate health that is my birthright. With consistent practice, I can look forward to becoming a dynamo of energy and vitality. And, I start feeling and looking my best—slender, supple, and serene for my personal body type and disposition.
I commit to practicing yoga with an attitude of joy, enthusiasm, and LOVE. I POUR my heart into my yoga practice and I reap the following benefits!
Y- “Youthing”— rejuvenation and youthful energy regardless of my “chronological” age
O- “Oneness” and “Openness” of my mind, body, and spirit
G- “Grace” in how I move and hold my body
A- “Awakening,” “Alertness,” and ‘Attunement” in all aspects of my life
_______________________ Date "
Yours for making a heartfelt commitment to your yoga practice!
Laura Venecia Rodriguez, the Beginners" Yoga at Home Coach