July 20, 2019

The Only Bad Yoga Class is the One That Didn’t Happen

It can be hard turning up for yoga class on those dark winter nights.Winter is here. It’s dark horribly early. It’s raining. It’s cold. It’s SO easy to go straight home after work, miss class, and open the red wine and sit on the couch.

It’s the Winter Blues where I can see attendance drop off a little. Don’t let it get to you gorgeous! You are worth more than that. Here’s how to keep motivated this winter:

 

1. Remember that the only bad yoga class is the one that didn’t happen. It doesn’t matter how you do, just that you do.

2. Remember the reason you signed up for class in the first place. Write it down. Remember why that was important to you. It still is right? Long term important rather than the short term important thing you were going to miss class for.

3. Imagine that feeling you get when you drive home AFTER class.

4. Think about how different you feel when you are that person that honours themselves by making time for class. Think about how much you like being that person who is a yogi or does yoga.

5. Your weekly class is an hour and a quarter, 75 minutes. That’s 0.74% of your week. If you can’t give yourself 0.74% of your own time in a week for your own wellbeing then you have problems way more serious than a missed class!

6. Committing to your yoga practice is committing to your own value. It demonstrates to others, and to yourself, that your time and your body are important.

7. It’s a great behaviour to role model for your children, partner, staff.

8. Reward yourself for going if you need to. Bribes don’t just work on small children. If the amazing feeling you get when you leave class isn’t enough bribe yourself with another treat to get yourself there.

9. Just get on the mat. If you are tired, headachey, just not in the mood, turn up anyway. Tell yourself you will give it half an hour, and then if you are really not feeling better you can sneak out. Just turn up on a promise for 30 minutes. 99 times out of 100 after half an hour you will be feeling great, be so glad you are there and stay for the whole duration.

10. Let the energy of the group pull you through. Get there, get your mat out and then just let the positive flowing energy that surrounds you work it’s magic. You are not on your own. Come connect with your people and by doing that with yourself.

So: no excuses right? Remember one class is just 0.74% of your week. Do not hibernate with winter blues. Be there: remember, the only bad yoga class is the one that didn’t happen.

the only bad yoga class is the one that didn't happen

See you in class!