Here are some basic tips:
- Create a sacred space at home where you can practice yoga. A teacher’s guidance and the energy of others can be motivating; however, you can receive similar benefits (with less stimulation) in the peace and quiet of your own home.
- Practice at the same time every day. Routine creates a calming effect on the body and mind.
- Focus on your breath, taking deep, slow inhales and more complete exhales. This soothes the nervous system, and allows you to systemically relax.
- Focus on the process (not the end result).
What are your personal goals in your practice and what are the intentions behind them? Do you want to do inversions and arm balances so you will have a cool profile picture? If so, that’s okay!
- Add daily meditation into your practice.
Often, this is more challenging than the hustle and flow of your practice. Sit still. Calm your body. Calm your mind.
If you can do this daily for 30 minutes, or just five…that’s a great start!
- At the end of your morning meditation, ask yourself, “How can I use my talents and gifts today to serve others?” There are endless opportunities to be of service each day, from volunteering on a humanitarian project to helping a friend or even a stranger in the moment. By asking yourself this question in a mindful way, you’ll begin to create a new pattern in your consciousness orienting you to those opportunities. You’ll be amazed and inspired by how many ways there are to help.
- Connect in meaningful ways with others. In our highly technological world, it’s easy to feel isolated and disconnected from community. This can lead to things like depression, cynicism, and even a sense of hopelessness and purposelessness. Restoring or creating a sense of connection, to the place you live and the people around you, will not only help you see the very important role you can play in the world, but will inspire the natural instinct humans have to support one another.