The summer sun is starting to wane, kids are getting ready to head back to school, and the nights are getting just a touch colder, which can only mean one thing… it’s August and September is just around the corner!
I don’t know about you but this summer seemed like it went by way too fast and getting back to 'routines' is far from my mind but I know it is also very much needed!
Summer vacation is the best. Until it’s over, and everything catches up with you. I received a question that asked, “When one’s regular practice seems so far gone after summer how do you get back?”
I 100% understand this, getting back to regular practice after being on summer vacation can feel… well a bit sluggish.
Here's a few tips to help you get on your way...
First, take a look at your motivation to get a regular yoga practice routine. We tend to fill our lives with thoughts like: “I should…," “I ought to...," “I’m not a good... if I don’t do...," “they’ll think I’m … if I don’t ….”
Look out for these thoughts, practice because you want to and because it makes you feel good, not because of pressure, whether that’s from yourself or anyone else.
Next look at your beliefs about what counts as a “practice”. There's no doubt about it, you can’t beat the feeling after a long yoga class — and you should try to fit them into your week when you can. However, finding 60 - 90 minutes every day isn’t that easy for most of us and can be frankly overwhelming.
So don’t turn it into a reason not to practice at all — just get on the mat anyway. If you only have ten minutes do some Sun Salutations, fit some pranayama into your day, even 5 mins of Nadi Shodhana, it’s all worth it!
Research shows that we’re more likely to stick to goals when we make them specific — so plan dates and specific times for your practice. If you can, stick to the same time each day to help you build your habit.
If you practice first thing in the morning lay out your mat and your clothes, the night before. If you know you normally get hungry, or low in energy, plan in some light snacks so you can last until after practice.
You know you feel better after practicing but getting down to it is where the obstacles come in. So to stay motivated review your progress by keeping a practice journal. Write down how you feel after different kinds of classes and remind yourself of this whenever you feel like you might be drifting off course.
"Rest deeply in Savasana every day. Always enter that pratyahara (withdrawn state) every day. And just enjoy yourself. For many years I mistook discipline as ambition. Now I believe it to be more about consistency. Do get on the mat. Practice and life are not that different." — Judith Hanson Lasater
by EkhartYoga .com in Yoga Practice
While on vacation, your practice may have not been at the same level of intensity or frequency and that is perfectly OK! But remember after taking a break don’t expect to pick up where you left off. If you try to go back to that same level of intensity immediately after you return, you run the risk of hurting yourself.
Give yourself time to ease back into your routine. Remember, it took a while to build up to that level, so give yourself the time to get back into a consistent routine and your body will thank you.
For many of us, diet and sleep get shortchanged while we’re on vacation. It’s really important that you focus on getting back on track with your diet and sleep. Reward your body with nutritious foods and plenty of sleep.
When you eat healthy and get enough sleep, you will see that both of these habits help to fuel your practice.
Be patient with yourself as you get back into your healthy habits.
Having that extra motivation is what helps to keep me going. We all need a support system when it comes to staying on track with our practice and goals. At the Yoga Shala Calgary this is what it’s all about — inspiring, supporting and feeding off each other’s positive energy to keep us motivated.
Make sure to check out all the great upcoming classes and workshops happening at the Yoga Shala Calgary! We look forward to seeing you on the mat and sharing this practice with you!
Don't worry about a thing... 'Cause every little thing gonna be alright 😎
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When you exercise a lot, this is important! When we sweat, we are most likely to lose the sodium, potassium and chlorides, all electrolytes.
This daal (or dal) recipe serves 2 to 3 people depending on how you serve it and tastes lovely the following day if you have leftovers.
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