Finding Time To Do Yoga
Today let’s talk about one thing we all have problems managing – time.
Even people with the best schedule and planner still find themselves ‘forgetting’ something or not being able to put something into their schedule.
It’s the same with starting out and being consistent doing yoga and finding the time to do yoga.
Statistics say that it takes three weeks to form a new habit.
Meaning – if you want to consistently do yoga you need to give it three weeks of your attention to get into a groove.
Three weeks – doesn’t sound too bad does it?
Time flies so quickly anyway that before you know it a year has gone by.
So, today I want to break down exactly what it will take to get the yoga routine down and incorporate the wonderful practice into your life!
I will call this stage one of adding yoga into your life. This will be the ways you can identify where can yoga fit into your life and how to put it there.
Your first step though has to be the want to do it. The motivation and the drive. Once you have it set into your mind that this is happening – make it happen!
As always, you know that I love to hear your thoughts and opinions or if you have any questions, so please drop me a comment below and let’s chat.
How did you incorporate yoga into your life?
Can this fit into your schedule?
Let’s say you work 9-5 and there’s a class at 5:30, is that enough time for you to leave work, change and get to the studio?
Can you take an extended lunch break and go to a 12:00 yoga class? PS – I used to do that and I loved it. It was such a great way to break up the day and I went back to work feeling refreshed.
Even if you could find a space in your office to do an online class – why not?
If your work schedule is set, it makes planning yoga into your life a lot easier. If it’s not, that’s okay too. You will just have to pay more attention to when the studio’s schedule is and work with it.
Usually, each studio offers a printable version of their schedule so, print it off and put it on your fridge or somewhere where you will see it all of the time. From there if you don’t work until five and there’s a class at noon or one, you know you will definitely have enough time to get there and be ready for work.
So let’s say that going to a studio isn’t in the cards for you because of a work schedule.
That’s okay, don’t take yoga off the table because of that.
There’s one resource that will be there for you when the studio is not.
What is it?
Online yoga, of course!
Literally, you can do online yoga at any time. Morning, afternoon, nighttime and anywhere in between.
This makes adding yoga into your routine so easy and accessible.
Now you can look at your personal schedule and see exactly where you can fit yoga into your life.
Maybe it’s after you drop off your kids at school, or after a night shift.
Another great thing about doing online yoga is you don’t have to do an hour practice. If you only have twenty minutes – that’s fine. Go teedle over to YouTube, put in a twenty minute for a beginners class and enjoy.
That’s what really turns me on about online yoga is that I have the choice of when I want to do it and for how long. It’s the freedom baby!
What you need to do is take a peek at how your week normally looks and think – when can I add in a yoga practice and most importantly, do the practice! Committing is most of the battle. Once you are on your mat and have the video playing – that’s the easy part.
This is another online method of finding time to yoga.
Subscribing to a yoga challenge holds you accountable to consecutively doing yoga.
What is a yoga challenge?
A yoga challenge can be titled something along the lines of – 30 days of yoga or 10-day yoga booty challenge.
Of course, these are just examples but what happens is you find a site – I will give you my favourite recommendations, and add your email to the list and every day you will get an email of a new yoga sequence in the series.
All you need to do after that is follow through with the free video that has been sent to you. There’s so much time in the and there’s got to be a little bit of time that you can take for yourself.
Here are a few of my favourite places to get yoga online and they all offer a yoga challenge of some sort.
- Yoga with Adriene – This girl really knows what she’s talking about. She’s been on YouTube since at least 2013 and all of her class are free to try. She does a whole bunch of challenges too, to keep you active. Another one of my favourite things that she does in her classes is she taps into the mental side of yoga and practising breathing and meditation. Some online yoga that you find does not follow that routine and I’m not saying it’s bad or wrong but I am grateful that Adriene has incorporated that aspect into her classes.
- YogaDownload.com – Yoga download has so many resources on their site it’s crazy. They have meditation classes, becoming an instructor, yoga retreats and a whole bunch of classes. This is a great place to start exploring yoga and what kind of classes you like & work for you. Yoga download has free classes but they also have a membership option that you can get it. Below is a link to get your first month for a $1.00. Pretty pricey I know, especially considering an in-person class will run you at least $10.00 per class.
- DoYouYoga.com – This is a newer site for me but I have actually joined one of their yoga challenges. It’s a beach body challenge that is a week long. I am going to Mexico in December … like less than thirty days! and I want to tone up beforehand. I promise to report on this after I have completed the challenge and let ya know what my results were.
I hope to have been able to help you out in finding time to do yoga!
Try to remember that accountability goes a long way.
There’s been a lot of times where I’m tired or lazy and I can’t get my ass off the couch but, I do somehow and I get there and it makes it all worth it.
I can’t describe how wonderful yoga feels on your mind and body and obviously, through this blog, I want to encourage everyone to do it and love it & themselves.
Again, if you want to leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!
Also – if you would like to read more you can check out this post – What motivates you to do yoga?
Cheers & have a great day!