How To Get The Most Out Of Yoga

In yoga there is no personal best.

Yoga is not about competing, there are no winners or losers.

But it is still important to make sure that you are getting the most from your yoga practice.

The main reason that new students become disengaged or quit yoga is because they are not feeling the benefits of yoga.

Unfortunately the benefits of yoga do not appear immediately.

To get the most out of yoga, you do need to dedicate time and focus to your practice.

There are so many ways you can become more involved in yoga and feel better about your yoga practice.

Our advice is to take each step slowly and appreciate all the effort you put in…

Build a relationship with your teacher

Traditionally the relationship between a student and teacher was a strong and personal bond.

However in today’s modern world students sometimes find it hard to commit to one teacher.

Don’t be tempted to take up yoga on a drop in/drop out basis…

Students who have the most fulfilling practice are usually the ones who chose to spend their studio time under the guidance of particular teachers.

For yoga teachers, it’s important to know what’s going on with their students and how they are receiving the lesson they have been teaching.

So don’t be afraid to talk to your teacher, to ask them questions or tell them your ideas.

And never be offended by corrections they make to your posture. Your yoga teacher wants you to get the full benefits from each pose and movement so always listen to their guidance.

Create a routine

The easiest way to stay motivated for yoga is to build your own routine that works for your lifestyle.

Obviously it is not possible for everyone to get to the studio every day but you should always set aside a little time each day to do something that will benefit your yoga practice.

It could be simple stretches in the morning or quiet reflections and meditation sessions in the evening.

Try to live a mindful life, read about the world of yoga and engage in activities that add variety to your yoga practice…

(if you’re unsure where to start with mindfulness check out our articles here)

If you can schedule a specific time each week to take a yoga class it will help you to progress in your study.

Your teacher creates each yoga class specifically based on the needs of the students so keeping in sync with your studio helps to keep your body in sync with your practice.

It’s also a known fact that no matter how chaotic and impulsive your personality is, all human beings deep down crave structure and a routine for a healthy life.

Keep track of your progress

Create goals in your mind that you want to reach.

Don’t set goals that are about copying others, saying that you want to be as good as the person on the next mat is not productive.

Think about the reasons why you started yoga and what you want to get out of your practice.

To get the most out of yoga you do not need to obsess or fixate on particular poses or routines, just think about your practice as a whole.

The easiest way to become the person you want to be is to be that person.

So after every class assess what you have learned and think about how you have grown or changed as a person.

Yoga cannot make you happy the minute you step onto a mat but it can help you to change negative habits and outlooks and give you the tools to create your own happiness.

Keeping a journal is a good way to record your progression.

Or if you’re not much of a writer just pay attention to how you body feels, think about the way your body has changed since you started yoga and challenge yourself to simple physical tasks to test your progress.

It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, you can just measure how easy it is for you to touch your toes!

Obviously everyone is on their own journey and yoga paths are rarely the same.

But it is important that you connect with a yoga community in order to get the support and guidance that are essential to yoga.

To get the most out of yoga you need to focus and to engage with the people around you, so think about your concentration and the connections you make.

If you have any questions or you want to talk about yoga please feel free to contact us at Yoga Harmony or leave us a comment below…