With the dawn of a new year upon us, many will celebrate the new beginning by adding healthier activities to their lifestyles or by adopting fresh perspectives and growth mindsets. Whether your New Year Resolution involves getting more active or in finding more balance in your life, the reasons to commit or “recommit” to a yoga practice are many and inspiring. Consider the following ideas in 2019 to create a practice you LOVE!
1. Get Regular!
Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” One of the beautiful and amazing aspects of a regular, daily yoga practice is that it acts as a positive anchor in your life, and no matter what your day will hold, you can find more balance and a sense of steadiness in knowing your daily yoga practice is there to support it. In effect, yoga can become the platform from which you leap beyond yourself into new and amazing things!
2. Make Your Practice Playful
If your current exercise routine or practice has become lacking in the inspiration department, one way to spark or rekindle a love of yoga classes is to keep them interesting and fun! Find variety with a new class or type of practice. Are you used to a strong flow? Try a beginner yoga class and see how it feels to dial back. Are you a Restorative regular? Visit a power yoga class and be okay with not doing every pose. Yoga is a fantastic path for Self-discovery, and that doesn’t have to be a serious endeavor.
3. Adapt Your Practice to your Needs
Life is in a constant state of change, and balancing your evolving needs with your practice makes it more than an exercise to get more active. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the wisdom of 2.46 explains the value of balancing effort and ease in practice, but that’s not just restricted to poses on the mat. You can establish a new love for your yoga practice by using it as a daily support for what life brings. Was your day intense and draining? Help the body and mind come to restorative calm with a gentler practice. Will you sit through boring meetings all day? Clear the mind and prepare the body with a little more movement in the morning.
4. Get to Know Yoga
In the past decades, yoga classes have soared in popularity, but many students are surprised to discover that this ancient practice is so much deeper, vibrant, and dimensional than the movement classes taken at a gym or studio. One way to commit to loving your practice this year is to take yoga off the mat, and to learn about how its broader aspects can enhance your life. A great place to start is by attending workshops that offer deeper insight to the practice, or by asking trusted teachers for book recommendations.
Would You Love to Start or Restart a Yoga Practice?
If you have yet to step onto the mat or have found that life has steered you away from it, there’s never been a better time to find a beginner yoga class or to discover a new love of your practice. Whether your New Year resolutions involve finding more balance in life, practicing better self-care and support, or getting more active, there’s no better place to try yoga in Fort Myers than Yoga Bird. Call or email us today to learn more about our unbeatable new student offer of 30 days of unlimited yoga classes for $30!