20 Feb Five Ways to Stay In Love With Yoga
We asked our yoga expert Kirsty Gallagher of www.kirstygallagher.com to share with you 5 ways to stay in love with your practice and keep it alive!
1) Know that you will go through phases
As with every relationship in life there will be ups and downs, highs and lows. Yes you will fall out with your practice, but then you will fall back in love with it like never before so don’t judge these phases, just go with the flow and allow the journey of yoga to unfold. Just never, ever give up.
2) Allow your practice to support you
There will be times when you just really feel like you have too much going on and not enough time to practice, and it’s in these times that you need yoga the most. My mat is a place I’ve laughed, cried, collapsed, celebrated, rejoiced, despaired and found the answers time after time. No matter what is going on allow yoga to be a support and guide for you, you will never regret getting on your mat.
3) Acknowledge how far you have come.
Quite often all we are worried about is not being as good as the person next to us on the mat so we miss out on all of our own personal breakthroughs. Take the time often to track your practice and notice the smallest changes, as they are what will enable you to build to the bigger more challenging things eventually.
4) Keep working on something that seems “impossible”
I am the first to say that yoga is not all about asana and fancy poses but it often helps to keep working towards something to keep your practice fresh and exciting. Over time with patience and dedication yoga has a magical way of making the “impossible” become possible. Just be warned that once you “achieve” one pose ten more appear that all want to be the next!
5) Keep going to classes and workshops
This is where we gain more inspiration, ideas and get to share in the beautiful community that yoga offers us. Practicing in a room with others, sharing in a collective breath and journey is quite unlike anything else! You’ll come away feeling revitalised and with a few more yoga friends to share in your journey.
Kirsty Gallagher is an International Yoga Teacher, barefoot dreamer, free spirit, adventure seeking traveller and pursuer of happiness. She teaches regular workshops and retreats in the UK, Europe and beyond. For more information visit her website www.kirstygallagher.com