How To Get The Most Out Of Yoga – After
Welcome to the third part on how to get the most out of yoga. In this post, I will be talking about everything you can do AFTER your practice to just soak it all in and get every last drop out of your practice.
Being there on your mat and committing to your practice is the battle. So when that’s done, it’s nice to take the extra moment’s post-practice to just live in the state of mind you created.
Below are some ideas that you can use to really close up your practice.
Please, read & enjoy. Drop me a comment afterwards with any questions or things that you do post-practice that I have missed. Or if you just want to chat – I’m okay with that too!
Also, – I will have links at the end of this post for the before and during articles!
Move Slow If You Can
If time permits, take your time getting up and getting back to the ‘real world’.
Try to not rush out of the studio and to your car to continue the day.
Take the sloth mentality and accept getting there when you get there.
There is no time limit on meditation or chavasana.
If you have the time and the space, continue to stay on your mat and breathing. Just be there. No activity.
Or even if you have more time when you get home to continue meditation.
Be greedy and take more time for yourself!
For more info on meditation, you can check out this post: Yoga and Meditation for Beginners.
This point is related to other ones I have listed here but I wanted to isolate it as well.
Being grateful sometimes takes an active mind and a conscious decision to think about those things.
By that I mean, sometimes you need to actively and consciously think about what you are grateful for.
Every morning on my drive to work I say OUT LOUD (that’s important too!) what I am grateful for. Sometimes it’s a repetition from the previous day when my minds on autopilot but when I focus and actually think about it – great ideas come out and make me really appreciate what I have in life and the people who are in it.
This has derived from yoga for me because practising yoga has allowed me to have a more open mind and to be a more positive, better person.
If anything though, be grateful for you.
So, I have just started getting into the essential oil trend that has now come about.
I am loving it. Some of the oils you can get are so powerful in the sense of how it affects you.
Like lavender – it’s really calming. I feel a lot of clarity as well when I use this oil.
One of my yoga instructors brings an oil with her to class and when it’s time for chavasana we each get a couple drops on our hand.
I put some on my chest and on my temples.
I haven’t gotten a diffuser yet but it’s getting close to that time.
I also use eucalyptus on my mat when I do a home practice. It’s the starting routine of my practice to put a couple drops on the top of my mat and the bottom.
Now that the practice is complete, be in love with the space you have created in your mind and body.
Love yourself for working on your body and getting some exercise. Love yourself for doing something for you. Love yourself for all the thoughts and ideas that popped into your mind while on your mat. Love yourself for being on your mat. Love yourself for sharing a space with someone else – whether that be your instructor or other people in the class.
Just love, right?
Soak It All In
If all else prevails, at least take a moment for yourself to soak in all that your practice gave you.
Whether that is while you are walking out of your class and take a moment to thank yourself. Or, if it’s before you leave your mat.
You did it.
YOU took time out of the day for you. Even if was only a ten-minute practice at home, you were there and focusing inwards.
It doesn’t matter what your intention was to get on your mat, the fact that you were there is what counts.
If that’s not motivation, I don’t know what is!
Thank you for taking the time to check out part three of how to get the most out of yoga. I certainly felt more relaxed writing this and sharing my advice for you. Hopefully, this has helped you out in some way.
If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you in the comment section!
Here are the links for part 1 & 2:
Have a great day!
Going to do another shoutout to Yoga with Adriene! Her classes are the bomb-dot-com and I hope you can check them out soon!