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Examining Keys to a Successful Yoga Practice

Part of the Yoga For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Yoga practice success may seem daunting, but remembering some key tips helps you succeed from the get-go. These keys help you examine your Yoga needs so you can enjoy the most successful Yoga practice possible.

  • Be clear about your goals. Decide exactly what you want to accomplish (such as flexibility, fitness, better health, inner peace, and so on).

  • Make a realistic commitment. Promising yourself you’ll practice for an hour every day sounds great, but it doesn’t do you any good if you can’t reasonably maintain that schedule. Just 15 minutes a day is a great start.

  • Get your physician’s approval. If you have a health challenge or are pregnant, be sure to consult a physician before embarking on a Yoga exercise program. Make sure your physician is basically sympathetic to exercise and is reasonably familiar with Yoga so that you can be sure you’re getting the best — and most relevant — advice.

  • Enjoy gentle Yoga. You don’t need to be competitive with yourself or anyone else. Allow Yoga to gently unfold the potential of your body and your mind. Don’t overdo exercising. Keep the enjoyment factor high.

  • Keep a practice journal. Chronicle your experience with Yoga, and periodically read through your journal to see the progress you have made. Progress is the best motivator.

  • Create a support system for yourself. You can always find strength in numbers. Find other people who enjoy Yoga so that you can motivate and inspire each other. If you prefer to practice on your own at home, you may still want to consider participating in a Yoga class occasionally, if only to get feedback or find encouragement.

  • Vary your program periodically. Even the best program can get boring. Prevent your enthusiasm from flagging by changing your exercise routine occasionally.

  • Educate yourself. Continue to educate yourself about Yoga. Education helps to make your Yoga practice more meaningful. Many good books and magazines are available on the subject. Take the time to read and study; you’ll be pleasantly surprised about the depth you can discover in Yoga.

  • Be a Yoga enthusiast, but not a bore. By all means, be enthusiastic about your Yoga practice, but know that not everyone shares your enthusiasm, including the dearest members of your family. Yoga’s positive effect on your body and mind is the best advertising, so let those effects speak for themselves rather than annoying your family and friends with constant talk of Yoga.

  • Focus on a personal role model. Everyone needs ideals. You don’t need to worship a hero, but being able to look up to someone who, in your eyes, has succeeded and whom you find inspiring is always a good idea. Keep your role model(s) always vivid in your mind.

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