As with any exercise, getting into a regular yoga routine can be challenging. You may feel better after each session. But, still, when you return to the mat, you’re at risk of the ‘can’t be bothered approach’. When it comes to exercise, our minds sometimes block us from what our bodies need. And, if you find yourself resisting yoga, that’s exactly what’s happening.
But, this isn’t all about the body. Remember, yoga is equal parts body and mind. So, if your head is blocking your body from getting the exercise it needs, pay it some attention. Obviously, something’s going on up there. Unless you address the issue, you’ll find it near enough impossible to break the barrier. Which is why, next time you lock horns with your brain about yoga, it’s worth asking yourself these questions.
Why am I finding my practice difficult?
First, understand the primary barrier to your practice. It may be that your mind is fighting against a calmer lifestyle. After all, the ego grabs onto its position with a vice-like grip. When your yoga practice threatens to ruin that, your mind could attempt to sabotage the practice. Or, perhaps you’re avoiding realisations which have arisen during your training. If yoga is the first place you’ve practiced meditation, this can happen. Your mind will shut down, and try to foil your attempts. Sadly, there’s no easy fix. All you can do is keep forcing through, and ignoring those thoughts which attempt to keep you away. It may be worth exploring your feelings deeper and approaching them with acceptance. Over time, you may find that the feelings shift and change.
Or, the issue may be that you can’t muster the energy to come to your mat. You might not have time, or you may be struggling with illness and other reasons for lethargy. It’s also worth noting that many people embark on diets like the Lipotrim when delving into yoga. In many ways, this is a good thing, as it ensures your system is as clear as your mind. But, embarking on a low-calorie diet when you’re exercising more can be tricky. You’ll have less energy, and your practice may fall apart. If this is the case, it may be worth altering the course of your eating.
Opting for an alternative like the Shake That Weight plan may be a wiser choice, as it has a better range than Liptorim and allows you to eat more often. Or, you may want to set such diets aside until your practice has become more established.
What is your motivation?
It’s also worth asking yourself what your motivation is. Some people embark on yoga to find spiritual bliss, while others aim for a healthier lifestyle. Whenever your resolve shakes, remind yourself of that motivation. Use it as a mantra, and repeat it to yourself throughout each practice. While yoga isn’t about end goals, remembering why you turn up to the mat can be a massive help towards making sure it happens.