Enhance your Yoga Practice
Yoga is a complex practice with challenging physical and spiritual aspects. It’s not hard to master the basic poses, but it does take time and effort to rise from beginner to expert yogi. Learning from an experienced teacher at a local studio can help you level up and improve your skills. But many yoga lovers also enjoy practicing yoga at home, with the help of the right tools and technology. We’ve put together some tips to help you get the most out of your yoga practice, whether you’re at a studio or in the comfort of your living room.
Don’t Compare Yourself to Other Yogis
It’s hard to avoid doing this, but comparing your own progress to those around you will just make you feel discouraged and won’t help you improve. The person on the mat next to you might look like they’re effortlessly tackling a tough pose like Pigeon Pose, or it may appear that they’re less distracted than you when meditating. But they have their own weak spots, just like you. Sometimes practicing at home can help you focus on your own progress without being distracted by the competition.
Set (Realistic) Intentions and Goals
The best way to avoid comparing yourself to other practitioners is to set your own personal intentions and goals so that you can measure your progress. You might want to talk to a yoga teacher about the best goal schedule for your specific yoga level. You can use yoga-specific apps on your phone to track your goals, or set intentions using a more general goal-setting app. Create weekly or monthly goals that are reasonable but challenging, and don’t forget to set reminders on your smartphone to keep your goals fresh in your mind.
Practice Meditation, Too
For many people, tackling the physical aspect of yoga proves to be easier than the spiritual side. Fully embracing traditional yoga means mastering your mind as well as your body through meditation. Meditation sounds simple–just think of nothing!–but in reality, it can be hard to calm your mind and focus on your breathing in today’s hectic environment. You might find that a good instructor can help guide you through successful meditation sessions. Or you might prefer to practice meditation in your own home using an app or online videos.
Turn to a Newer Smartphone
These tips can help you make progress in your yoga practice, but having the right tools is key to making these strategies more effective. One important tool for practicing yoga at home is your smartphone, whether you’re using it to learn new poses, find guided meditation videos, or set your yoga goals. If you’re looking to upgrade your phone, you might want to look at the series of Samsung Galaxy S10 phones, which offer a high-quality display and good battery efficiency. Fans of the iPhone can turn to the iPhone 11 Pro for its fast performance, which would come in handy when you’re streaming yoga videos and lessons.
Learn to Accept Failure
Even though we’re talking about setting goals and working toward mastery of physical poses and mental control, it’s important to keep in mind that failure can (and should) be part of a healthy yoga practice. There will be days where you just can’t find the flexibility for the tricky poses and days where your mind refuses to be still during meditation. It’s part of the learning process, and keeping your goals and intentions in mind can help you see your progress over time rather than focusing on small failures. If you’re struggling with a particular challenge, it’s okay to revert to something simpler and try again another day.
Whether it’s getting into a tough pose or taking steps toward more mindful meditation, there’s always a tool that can help you. With these suggestions, we hope that you’re able to improve your yoga practice and see even more of yoga’s benefits. Namaste!
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About the Author:
Sheila Johnson created Well Sheila as a place to not only share her story but inspire others to put their physical and mental health first with a regular wellness routine and daily self-care.
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