Yoga New Year’s Resolution? Here's How to Make It Stick
As we get closer to a new year, and a new decade it's nearly that time for everyone to ask "What's your new year’s resolution?"
You may not have one, your list might be as long as a shopping list. The important thing is when those Christmas decorations start to come down, you're still sticking to it. You may have the best intentions but come Feb, March or April will you still be at it?
The key thing to remember, which is where most people fail, is that new years is not a catalyst for complete character changes. You won’t stop smoking after 2 weeks. You won’t lose 1 stone in 3.
The key thing is that you have recognised your past year’s behaviour and promised yourself to improve.
It's not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is needed. Start small and begin working toward it, one step at a time.
Getting fit and losing weight is always a popular new year’s resolution. Starting yoga falls into this category and is a great and easy way to start a new fitness regime.
However, as with most new year’s resolutions, it can start off well, but then slowly die off.
In this blog, we will look at how you can make your new year’s resolution of starting yoga stick. For good!
Set Your Expectations & Overcome Fear
Now if this is going to be your first time trying yoga you can put those feelings of anxiety and nervousness to one side.
Yes, you may not be able to do every pose, you may struggle.
But it doesn't matter.
You don't have to look like the teacher in every pose.
No one will be laughing at you.
Noe one will be judging you.
You will be welcomed and embraced by those in the class.
Once the class gets going, you'll soon realise that everyone else fades away as you begin to concentrate on your body and breathing.
It's important to remember that you will improve. The very fact that you are in the class is your overcoming the biggest hurdle.
You will get better over time, and you may even find yoga helps you make healthier life choices.
Further Reading: Looking back: Have you realised how far you've come
Experiment with class types. Do not stop if you don't like one.
Now, you may be a bit overwhelmed with the different types of yoga classes there are. So, first step is to decide what class you want to try first. It's important to stress the word first.
You can read our guide to choosing the right yoga class below. Pick one and just go to it. If you don't like it, pick another one.
DO NOT GIVE UP.
Further reading: What class is right for me?
It's important to experiment and find what class is right for you, what one you enjoy the most. Once you find it commit to going once a week and see where that takes you.
Experiment with class types, times, & days until you find you're groove. Any studio should have a pretty flexible time table so keep going till you find a situation you are happy to commit to. You can then start building this into a habit.
Also, it's okay if you don't like the teacher. Just go to a different studio.
If you can start your yoga journey with a friend even better. When you have someone to hold your accountable and motivate you, and vice versa things tend to stick.
Remember why you started
There may be times along the road where you feel like giving up. When these thoughts start to enter your head it's important to remember why you started.
You may be unhappy with your fitness levels; you may have had a health scare or you may just want to be more flexible. Whatever the reason, bring that to the front of your mind and banish those negative thoughts.
Acknowledge what you are doing
It's also important to acknowledge the steps you are taking. No matter how small. You've gone to your first class, you've said no to cheeky chocolate at work, whatever it is revel in it.
If you're at a yoga class working up a sweat, pushing yourself, take notice of that.
Acknowledge the change you are making; you may even have a slight smile to yourself.
Chose a class type
Commit to a date and time (do your best to stick to it)
Go with a friend if you can
Remember why you started
Realise you are doing it!