What Motivates You To Do Yoga
What Motivates You To Do Yoga?
For the most part, and I hope you can agree with me on this. There are two main things that completely put off the things that we want (or think that we want)
How many times do you say – after this show I will do that. Or, I will do that tomorrow.
I do that. I say okay after this show I will clean the kitchen. Or, I am so tired tonight, I will do it tomorrow.
How do we not procrastinate. Especially if we are mentally or physically drained. These things need to get done, right? Or do you just think that they need to get done right away?
2. We Put Off the Things That We Don’t Want To Do or Are Nervous About
This is different than procrastination.
This is where we know we should do something (like go to the gym) but don’t because of our mental barriers.
For me, I don’t go to the gym because I have NO idea what I am doing there. I can go on the treadmill, sure – but when it comes to actually working on my muscles I am so lost.
Now, I want to go to the gym and I think it would be really good for me and my body. But it comes back to my mental state & nerves about learning something new, and looking like a dummy because I don’t know what I am doing.
That’s The Same Feeling I Got When I First Thought About Yoga.
I HAD to find a friend to go with me because I was so insecure to go alone. I wouldn’t go if someone didn’t come with me.
Once there, it was a totally new world to me.
Why is everyone lying down at the beginning of class? And WHY are they sighing so much?
I started learning (and loving the practice) and was able to go on solo yoga missions.
I soon bought a membership, went as much as I could because I loved it so much. My body felt great, my mind felt great and I really noticed the flexibility.
I then started inviting my friend to go with me because I wanted them to experience what I was. Nobody really stuck around but that’s okay.
After a couple years practice, I moved towns with my now husband.
And guess what – no yoga.
I wasn’t scared to go alone anymore as I had a pretty good understanding of the poses and sun salutations.
BUT there wasn’t any yoga offered in my town.
So, I took a break from the classrooms for a bit and did Yoga online. Hello YouTube, my friend.
I Found It
A YOGA STUDIO!
I went every day again and was so overall happy with my life and my body. It was far away from me but totally worth it.
Where I am at now.
I started yoga at a new studio too and I was nervous being part of a new group. I still love the feeling and am addicted to yoga. I am really looking into schools where I can learn to be an instructor. Maybe not so much to teach – which would be really cool, but more for myself and my spiritual practice.
K, Cool Story?
I wanted to fill you in on my yoga background before I continued on. I think it’s important that you know that if you are feeling like I did, you’re not alone and also that if you put your mind to something, you can do it!
What Motivates Me To Do Yoga
I will say firstly that a lot of the time I go to class or do an at home practice.
Now, when I am having a tough time getting motivation to step on my mat these are the things that I think about:
1. How Good I Will Feel After
Yes, my body and my mind will feel good after my practice. I will feel loose and limber and love every second of it.
Also, I feel good because I stepped past the negative thinking and I stepped past the thoughts of just wanting to be lazy and be a couch potato. That’s almost a better feeling than yoga at times.
2. My Body Craves The Feeling
Once I lie down on my mat. My body is so happy in downward dog and twists. I love stretching out the back of my hamstrings and a forward fold is one of my favourite poses.
I love the aftermath of feeling light on my feet after practice.
3. I Deserve IT!
After a long day at work I deserve some time for me where I don’t have to cook dinner or clean the kitchen. This is my time and I don’t have my phone on me or anything.
PS – I love when it’s about me 😉
4. I Want To Grow My Practice
I want to learn more and get more flexible. I want to be able to conquer hard poses that only come with practice. I want that yoga booty!
When I was regularly doing yoga, I could lead myself through an hour practice on my own because I was learning poses and how they are supposed to be done.
5. It’s The Little Things
An hour practice is minor in a day of busy things but it’s my thing.
It’s a small way (with BIG effects) to get back in tune with you.
What Motivates YOU To DO Yoga
So, I have spilled my guts and given you all the wonderful reasons why I decide to go to yoga and not ditch out!
You deserve the time for yourself and I want to know what motivates you and why do you take the steps to get on your mat?
What’s your favourite part of yoga? What’s your favourite pose?
Please leave me a comment letting me know what you love best about doing yoga!
I hope you have a great day!
Also, for more inspiration – get yourself some new gear! That’s another factor that keeps me going, too!