A look at your calendar might have you thinking that we are in the last throws of summer, but trust me when I say WINTER IS COMING. Game of Thrones apart (btw, am I the last person on this planet who hasn’t watched Game of Thrones?), Autumn is here, with Winter following closely on its heels.
While the colder seasons mean candle light and cozy afternoons, it also means that we can become a little lacklustre, be low on energy and would much rather hibernate close to a biscuit tin than rolling out our yoga mat. Personally, if I am not careful, I end up eating my own bodyweight in kanelbullar over a single winter.
However, there’s hope. And it starts with making a (realistic!) plan and sticking to it.
Consistency is key!
Yoga can move mountains – even if it’s only an internal Mount Everest. I truly believe that a regular practice will not only help you feel better in your own body, it will also go more than skin deep. A regular yoga practice will heighten your awareness of how you relate to the world around you. With more practice, you might become less reactive to or engrossed in the chatter that’s making our minds so terribly busy. You might also find that you realise earlier when it is time to step up and when it is time to slow down, hopefully avoiding what is also known as ‘crash and burn.’
How to make it work
Yoga will only ever work if you practice it. Regularly. Over a prolonged period of time. There are no quick fixes. And how could there be, given that you worked your whole life to create habits and establish pattern?
Once you have found a style and a teacher that speaks to you, commit yourself. Take out a membership or book classes in advance to rob yourself of the chance to make up excuses. Start with a weekly class, maybe add a second one, or get yourself a nice new mat and start a home practice.
Set goals that are achievable: try to remember 10 minutes of what you do in class and repeat at least once a week at home. Keep a journal and jot down anything that resonates with you in class. Over time, your repertoire and your time spent on the mat will naturally increase.
Be flexible in your approach: there’s no point to torture yourself through a level II class if your back aches, you haven’t slept well for the last couple of days and your last yoga practice is three months ago. Rather than not showing up at all, be aware of the way you are feeling and choose a class that meets your requirements.
And who knows, once you have practiced, practiced, practiced, you might feel those mountains slowly begin to shift…