So, you have decided that Yoga is good for you. You have signed up for classes or purchased an online Yoga membership. You know your “why”.
You loved the first class.
Or maybe you are attempting to get back into yoga. You felt really good when you were practicing before. Now just to get back at it.
You make a decision that now is the time. Lets do this Yoga Thing!
Then, it all happens. What happens?
Your intentions, your goals, your efforts are interrupted.
You run through your days, packing lunches, preparing food, grocery shopping, taking care of sick kids, or friends, neighbours, parents. You are paying bills, planning vacation, taking pets to the vet, cleaning. You know what I mean.
Each night you lift your feet off of the floor swing them into bed, and think, huh, never got that yoga in today. Sleepily, you decide you will try for tomorrow.
Yes! I know!
So, what is this Top Of Mind Thing?!
I have heard this phrase used in the business/entrepreneur world. It simply means keeping what is important to you in your face. That is my aggressive way to express it but you could phrase it keeping what is important to you at the forefront of your thoughts. Visiting your intentions regularly.
For me this phrase works perfectly when it comes to Yoga.
You want to add Yoga into your full life, keeping it Top of Mind can help you do that.
Here are ways to keep Yoga Top of Mind in your day to day life...
- Practice with your kids. Not all the time, but include them into this new activity you are enjoying. Their excitement for you can keep you going. Involving your partner or family is lots of fun too.
2. Practice with your pets. For some reason pets love yoga and being with you when you are doing yoga. Take some cute pictures and enjoy the experience.
3. Practice Yoga off of the mat. You don’t have to have a yoga mat to do Yoga. Come into a Standing Forward Fold Pose as you are folding laundry. Watching TV, a perfect opportunity to be on the floor enjoying Head to knee Pose, Butterfly Pose, Happy Baby Pose and so many more.
4. Practice Yoga anywhere. At the park with your kids, enjoy some Warrior Poses, Pyramid Pose. Play with some arm support poses in the grass. Handstand is a great one here and usually the kids join in.
5. Get a Yoga Buddy. I have seen this time and time again with my Yoga students. Either coming to class with friends or meeting a new friend in class, doing Yoga together is fun. It keeps you wanting to get on the mat and even plan Yoga meet ups.
6. Get involved in a Yoga community. This could mean an online community or hanging around before and after classes to chat. Attending Yoga events in your area and getting to know others who are making Yoga part of their life. This creates social connections adding to the Yoga experience.
7. When you register for Yoga, if you can make it work with your schedule and resources, purchase a session or a membership. I see the students who have made the financial investment show up to class much more often than those with drop in passes. Don’t get me wrong, I love the option of drop in passes and classes. They are needed.
8. Subscribe to Yoga blogs, follow Yogis on social media, take out Yoga resources from your local library. Having Yoga images and information available to you can help keep you inspired and motivated. I encourage you to choose resources that encourage you. Sometimes seeing the Yoga superstars can actually work against you, where as someone who is showing the process of Yoga can be helpful.
9. Keep you mat out even if it is rolled out and put to the side. Seeing it will be a visual reminder of your intentions.
10. Adding in reminders or alarms on your phone can help you step outside of the things you need to do to get to the mat.
11. Add a picture of a pose, or you doing Yoga, or someone you love doing yoga to your screen saver on your phone.
Do you have any things you do to keep Yoga Top of Mind?
I hope that something here resonates with you and helps you enjoy some time on your mat.
From one Yogi to another.