If you speak to a yoga practitioner, they will tell you that the start of their journey is one of the most amazing experience’s one's soul can undertake. The journey of self-discovery, love, and finding a balance is one that many of us haven’t experienced ourselves but with the start of a new year, now is as good of time as any to undergo your personal transformation.
When starting your yoga journey, you may face some struggles when it comes to a lack of motivation. If you find yourself facing this issue in the present moment, don’t panic. Finding yourself lacking motivation is a very common issue that can be taken care of with the proper mindset, healthy habits, and a positive mindset. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways yoga will keep you motivated and various methods that will encourage you to carry on your path.
Set Some Short Term and Long Term Goals for Yourself
For me, I find the best ways for me to muster up some motivation is by setting an intention and a goal before each session. I tell myself exactly what I want to work on before I even set foot on my mat, so I have a clear picture of exactly what I want to achieve during my poses. This goal can be as simple as holding yourself up in downward dog longer than you could yesterday.
Another great tactic to stay rearing and ready to go through the magic of yoga is by setting long-term goals and intentions. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Your goal can be as simple as reading a book a week or losing 10 pounds. I just set my goal and intention, and I just let it go into the universe and focus on the present moment.
Listen to Some Music While You Work on Your Flow
Man, music is love. I love cranking up some reggae after I set up my mat and my altar and just get so lost in the beauty of life. Working on a strong pose won’t even compute because you’re just in pure nirvana. If you’re not into the super chill vibes and you’re more of a Bikram yogi, put on some alt rock and get after it! JUST DO IT!!! Lately, I have been on a movie soundtrack kick. I even made a “Trippy” playlist, which has music from the movie “13 Hours, The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” (Which is a badass movie by the way,) and a few songs from Fable ll and some Human League. It’s what works for me, man. Find which music sets your soul ablaze and let that starlight shine.
We Are All Goddess and Gods, Why Not Dress the Part?
I don’t know about you, but I love selecting my favourite duds and suiting up, all while feeling like a spiritual Spartan warrior walking into the studio. I love a good pair of joggers and a bro tank when I do anything physical, even when I’m at my Muay Thai gym, at my
Judo dojo, or training with my Silat instructor. I always rock the joggers and the bro tank when I know it’s time to kick some ass here on earth, or in the spirit realm. If you want to go to class in a sports bra but you don’t feel like you look beautiful, you are, wear your sports bra and own it!
Get Super Motivated by Getting Inspired!
When I need to get my head in the right place before a hot yoga class, I read a little bit of Sherlock Holmes or watch my favourite scenes in “Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” My girlfriend burns sage and mediates. I’ve been a martial artist since I was six years old so I prefer a more dynamic form of meditation, but yoga is just as a big a part of me and let’s face it, we all have our off days; that’s fine. Find something that when you think of it, your heart flutters, and you get choked up because of how powerful the message you received was and breathe in the positives and exhale the negatives and find your centre. Everything is going to be okay, and you are loved.
Nature, Enough Said
If you’re feeling cooped up in the studio, or if you’re tired of doing chaturanga on the carpet, work up enough motivation to go outside. Find yourself a clearing in the woods or do what I prefer and find a very large body of water and work through your flows. Feeling one with nature and the universe is one of the most efficient ways to stay motivated and inspired throughout my day to day life. If you’re an instructor, take the class out to the beach and soak up some sun during class and go in for a bath afterward. I’m originally from eastern Ohio, in the Appalachian Mountains, in an area rich with Native American history, so you could feel a very deep, spiritual connection with nature when you got your asana on in the woods. I recently moved to Western Michigan this past fall to live with my girlfriend, who is a yoga instructor, and I’m looking forward to experiencing what I connect with while I do yoga outside during the summers. Get out in nature and breathe that fresh air in deep, you will find yourself feeling utterly blissful. Don’t even bring your mat.
Thank you for reading my article on how yoga keeps you motivated from my personal perspective. Don’t beat yourself up if you’re stuck in the dreaded rut; you’ll get out of it. Take some of my perspectives and try to tailor them to meet your individual needs, you don’t have to follow what I say to the dot, make it your own. Anyways I enjoyed sharing my wisdom with all of you today, and I hope you find something to hold on today. You are all beautiful, now go forth and be wonderful.