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Even though I’m a passionate yoga teacher, I’m not always happy with my practice.
If my week gets quite stressful, I prefer to relax on my sofa in the evening. My mat stays untouched, and I feel even more exhausted when I head to bed.
That’s why I started to plan my weekly practice.
It takes 10–15 minutes each week to schedule my yoga plans, and it’s definitely worth it! There are multiple advantages you’ll benefit from when you bring a little structure to your yoga routine. Find out what these benefits are, and grab my free weekly planner to print out at the end of the article!
1. Plan Your Yoga Practice
To keep up my practice, it’s important to me not to force myself to do exhausting asanas every day. I need an easy and open approach in terms of physical practice. That’s why I think it’s essential to find a healthy balance between planning and being open to spontaneous units as well.
After a long working day, I enjoy relaxing on my mat and practicing 2–3 Yin exercises or meditating. This is as perfect as doing a 90-minute Vinyasa class.
Ensure that your plans don’t stress you and inspire you to evolve your practice to a higher level!
- Choose one day a week to take your time planning your weekly practice (for me, it’s Sunday evening). If you know that your week will be stressful, then only schedule short 10-minute exercises and meditations.
- Add your regular studio or online classes to your plan.
- If you don’t feel like doing yoga every day, then take rest days or schedule another workout you want to combine with yoga.
Benefits: You’ll see that regular planned practice will give you a good feeling as yoga becomes your daily mindful treat. You’ll feel more relaxed and balance throughout the week. Indeed, you can vary your weekly plans spontaneously and take a rest day or add different exercises to your daily schedule.
2. Set Weekly and Monthly Goals
Another motivator can be to set goals. If you are currently practicing the crow pose and know that you need a consistent core and upper-arm practice, you should integrate your crow-pose-methods into your schedule.
I’m working on opening my hips for 1,5 years. It can be quite frustrating as I have difficulties coming into asanas like Upavistha Konasana or Janu Sirsasana. Sometimes it is so annoying that I don’t want to practice anymore. Setting weekly goals helps me keep up my hip opening exercises even if I only integrate them into my schedule 1–2 times a week.
- Again, if you have lots on your mind during the week and don’t need another challenge, it can also be a goal to be more mindful or kinder to yourself. That is yoga as well. You don’t always have to aim at fancy yoga poses.
- Don’t get frustrated if you don’t “achieve” your goals or if you feel like you don’t make any progress. You’ll always make progress even if you don’t feel it right now! The best thing you can do is not to give up and be gentle with yourself.
Benefits: You’ll learn how to structure your practice to become more advanced in an asana or breathing technique. At the end of the week, you’ll be proud of coming closer to your goal.
3. Write Down Your Accomplishments
At the end of each week, you can capture your accomplishments. If you managed it to stay on your head for a few seconds, you should be really proud of it.
It is as desirable to write down your accomplishments in terms of inner peace and self-love! If your week was easy-going because you didn’t neglect your meditation practice, then this is probably the most valuable accomplishment you’ve made!
- Write down your accomplishments every week, and take a moment to be proud of yourself.
- Don’t focus on physical accomplishments only. It can be more valuable for your daily life and your health to acknowledge your mental achievements as well.
Benefits: The weekly accomplishments will boost your self-love and motivate you to keep up the practice.
I hope I could inspire you to develop and maintain a regular practice!