Starting up a new hobby or activity can be hard. Maybe you’re a complete beginner and so find it physically challenging, or maybe you’re just not used to filling up your schedule. The best way to get used to, and commit to, a yoga is to incorporate it into your daily routine. Not only will this encourage you to fully commit to your practise, but it can also bring great benefits to your physical and mental states.

You may be able to improve on your concentration, by channelling some of what you have learnt about clearing your mind. Or maybe you have an office job that requires you to stay in one place for 8 hours a day, and find that you get up feeling stiff and uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, incorporating elements of yoga into your daily routine is a great way to stay committed and progress.

Meditation 

Meditation isn’t just for during practise, or even for proper meditative sessions. Elements of meditation can be used throughout your day, such as as a method of reflection on your day, working out hard problems, assessing your mood or controlling your breathing. These value that are present in your yoga practise can be picked up and used at any time, but meditation can also be a great way to set aside time in the day to reflect. Perhaps try meditating for 15 minutes before you go to bed each night, look back over your day, think about what you have achieved, what you want to achieve the next day, and take a moment to breath deeply, relax your mind and let go of any stress that you have been holding on to.

Stretching

Modern lifestyles can often leave us feeling stiff and achey. Most of us spend the majority of our days sat down, and this can have a huge impact on our bodies. There are particular yoga stretches that you can use to get rid of these aches. Stretches that involve arms, shoulders and the back are particularly useful in this instance. It is recommended that we get up and move around every hour or so when we are at work, so why not try adding a few yoga stretches into these breaks?

Commit to a time 

Whilst for other physical activities you would be discouraged from working out every day, as this would put a lot of strain on your body, yoga is a low-impact activity that can be down gently when needed. For this reason, it is possible to commit to doing a short amount of practise every day. Whether this is a shorten sun salutation, or a longer routine, try picking a time that you can commit to practising at every day, and slowly begin to incorporate it into your daily routine. Maybe this could be first thing in the morning when you wake up, or perhaps you’re more of a nightowl. Whatever it may be for you, with persistence and patience, yoga can transform your day to day life and enhance your mood.