When we think of a routine, sometimes we have the image of something dull, monotonous, boring ... However, I find that routine is one of the keys to fulfillment. It’s a way to help us give our life a direction and it makes it easier for us to reach our goals.
While I was once discouraged by my inability to meditate and do yoga on my own..on a daily basis, I am now fully satisfied that I have incorporated these practices into my daily life. Over time, I have discovered at least 5 things that have helped me develop this habit.
1 - Create a ritual
Creating a ritual is the most important step. This is the heart of your routine. To create a ritual, you have to define the smallest actions that you can start your day with. For example, a jogger’s ritual might be to put on her shoes. Once the shoes are on, it is out of the question not to go for a run. A painter’s ritual might be to set up his brushes while listening to his favorite music, etc.
For my part, before each of my yoga and meditation sessions, I roll out my mat and prepare myself a hot drink (which I sometimes don't even drink!).
This is my ritual: a simple action that I can focus on and repeat day after day.
2 - Have a plan!
I find it easier to stick to a yoga sequence or to do an online class during my practice, this way, I never fall into an area where I don't know what to do anymore and I can let myself be carried away In this case. I find it relevant to have a specific plan: a list of postures to work on, an established duration, a given meditation technique, etc. In addition, I always have a clear idea of when my practice begins and when it ends.
I like to stick to the length of time I previously set for my practice. In my opinion, taking less time than we expected would mean not taking your practice too seriously and that’s not what you want!
3 - Fix it into your calendar
So many of us juggle with multiples roles (work, study, family, etc.). All of these roles that we occupy in our lives involve time and represent potential obstacles to our personal practice. If you want to set up a daily practice, you will probably have to negotiate time with these different roles. This can be done by establishing a specific time in which we devote ourselves to our practice.
The best time for me is when I wake up in the morning. My head isn't full of things to do yet and I'm not tired of my day. Taking time for myself before taking time for others is a priority that I consider necessary for my wellbeing.
Your situation may be different, but it will still be easier to find a specific time during which you can practice daily, for the desired duration. This could be right before a meal, on the way home from work, or in the evening before going to sleep.
4 - Involve your surroundings
It is not always possible to share our moments of routines with those around us. However, if there are several of you at home, try to build your habits together. It’s much easier and more encouraging to sit down to meditate if someone is doing it with us. If you are having trouble practicing with family members, it is important to talk to them so that they understand and respect your practice. This will prevent you from being interrupted during your sessions.
5 - Have fun
Having pleasure and fun in your practice is what will keep you rolling your mat regularly. It is therefore important to create an atmosphere around your practice, to make sure that you can make the most of this moment that you allow yourself. Likewise, don't blame yourself if you miss a day. Above all, we should not try to make up for missed practice. A missed day is a missed day!
Put into practice these 5 tips for daily practice and you will definitely get the results you are looking for. I hope you enjoyed those tips and I’d love to hear more about your home yoga and meditation tips if you have any, feel free to share it with me!
PS: You can find the perfect Yoga videos from our Bliss Babe Lenka Minarik on her Youtube Chanel here!