While some people may make a New Year’s resolution to start practicing yoga, others who already practice may look for other resolutions to deepen their experience.
If that sounds like you, read on for some inspiration to make your New Year’s resolutions geared towards improving your practice.
Learn or Master One New Yoga Pose a Week
Did you know that there are more than 300 yoga poses? With that said, there are plenty of new poses to learn and master each week of the year. Even if you’ve been practicing yoga for some time it’s important to remember that your body is constantly changing. This means you can always breathe more, lengthen more, and perfect certain poses while also tackling new ones.
Challenge your mind and body. By taking on one pose per week, you can get to know your strengths and your weaknesses.
Try 10 Different Yoga Classes This Year
You may love one type of yoga class or studio and return repeatedly. While there’s nothing wrong with that, there are many different types of yoga you could learn to love just as much. Don’t you owe it to yourself to find out what they are?
You can deepen your practice by experiencing different teachers and styles. So next time look at what other classes are available before hitting your regular class.
Practice More Meditation
Being mindful and in the moment are two pillars of yoga. Practicing more mediation can help you become more focused as you move through your yoga poses and throughout your day. All yogis strive to get more out of their meditation, but it takes commitment and focus.
Incorporate meditation during your day as you go about your daily actions to help lower stress and bring more good vibes into your life.
Take a Friend to Yoga
If you’re already getting the benefits of yoga, why not share them? There’s no rule saying your resolutions need to be all about you. Include others by taking a friend to a yoga class. Let them experience the mind-body connection that you’ve found and continue to practice.
The next time you go to class, include a friend who could use a little Zen. See how much better you both feel after your practice.
Improve Your Diet
When you eat well your body not only feels better, but you think more clearly and your emotions can be more balanced. Commit to eating better in 2019 by cutting back or eliminating refined sugars and processed foods. Substitute those for fresh fruit and vegetable and food packed with protein.
Also, try to cook home more often and eat out less. See how much better you feel after implementing those changes. Your mind and body will thank you.
Committing to these five resolutions can help you remain focused on your yoga practice and strengthen the connection between mind and body for a better new year.