Can you do yoga every day

7 tips: how to manage to practice yoga every day

The strict Ashtanga yogis only stop at the full moon at most, in the Sivananda Ashram everyone is considered a loser who only rolls out their mat at 7 a.m. (but of course every day), and even Anna Trökes, who is known for her gentle approach, advises it is better to practice 15 minutes a day than once a week until exhaustion. And if you make it to the yoga studio every two weeks, you'll buy yourself an ice cream to celebrate the day ...

But that's going to change now: We have 7 tips for you that will help you practice yoga every day from today!

1. What do you really want?

If you practice yoga every day starting today, you will see the effect of your consistent practice very quickly and very clearly. The only question is: what effect are you actually aiming for? Do you want to get rid of the back pain (at least for now)? Lower your stress level? For a tight, fit body?

Because only if you know exactly why you want to practice yoga every day will you be able to implement your project. So go inside yourself and find out what motivation is behind your desire to practice yoga every day. Once you have a very clear idea of ​​why you really want to practice yoga every day, write it down! Try to express the core of your motivation as clearly and briefly as possible in words, preferably in one sentence. Please embroider this sentence on a pretty little handkerchief, frame it and hang it in your yoga corner (see point 3). Or something like that.

2. Fixed time

If you want to practice yoga every day from tomorrow, you have to plan a fixed amount of time for it in your everyday life. And one that is not eaten up every other day by cinema plans or a delayed bus. Traditionally, the morning hours have proven to be optimal. While the rest of the world (i.e. the children) is still asleep or is just waking up, while the traffic noise consists only of individual early risers, you have the peace of mind to step on your mat and give yourself exactly what you need to be optimally in to start the day.

If you weren't born a morning person at all, you have to try to find a time in the evening that belongs to you (at least almost every day) all by yourself. Maybe after the kids are in bed, but before the news? Or right before going to bed? If you practice in the evening, you should of course adapt your practice accordingly and choose postures that are conducive to falling asleep: Long-term preventions are suitable, it is also useful to focus more on meditations and Shavasana.

You decide how long this period of time should be. 15 minutes are enough for the beginning, and it really shouldn't be longer than half an hour. Because now the first thing is to establish a daily practice in your life.

Tip: start by setting your mobile phone alarm clock or a reminder!

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3. Fixed place

If you want to practice daily, you should make it as easy as possible for yourself. So if you have to move the heavy chest of drawers aside every day to make room for your yoga mat (which you have to get from the basement), that's not beneficial. The best thing to do is to set up a yoga corner in your home today - one that is so beautifully decorated that you want nothing more than to jump on your mat right away!

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4. Emergency plan

So, now you have a fixed time and a fixed place, you've already made it to the mat three days in a row - and then your mother gets sick, you have to look after her, and your everyday life including the yoga slot gets completely out of hand . Well, then you just take a break, it's not that bad, is it? STOP! You need yoga especially in stressful, stressful situations, especially when everyday life is not going smoothly.

Therefore, it is best to prepare an emergency plan for such situations. It could look like this: Regardless of whether I am flying to Thailand with four stopovers or have a bad cold, I sit meditate for 5 minutes (in the airport chapel or in bed) and then make five very careful, slow sun salutations with a focus on one deep, calm breathing (in an airplane if necessary). Or: Regardless of whether my ex-boyfriend gets married today or if I am given notice, I do a few more warm-up exercises, a twisting position, a back bend, a forward bend and a relaxation exercise.

5. Define the (minimum) program

Once you have grown into your home practice (or if you have been practicing yoga for a long time or have been a yoga teacher), you will be able to practice every day tailored to your current needs. However, if you are not yet an experienced yogi who can spontaneously put together a round yoga practice, it makes sense to first define a program for you. You can make it as individual as you want. If you are unsure whether you can put together a complete program for yourself, ask your yoga teacher whether he can develop a suitable program for you. Or you just use your favorite YogaEasy video!

6. "Rest day"

We all have days when we are so exhausted that - at least it felt like it - nothing works. You may even know that you almost always lapse into a kind of vegetative state on Friday evenings (such a modern work week is not for the weak!). Before you order a pizza and pointlessly click around on Netflix, call such days rest days - and then treat yourself to (yogic) rest. Yoga Nidra is perfect, as is guided meditations. Or maybe you just want to put on your favorite singing bowl CD and enjoy Shavasana in detail? Say goodbye to the idea that yoga is only effective if you are actively doing something. Relaxation is a fundamental and extremely powerful part of yoga. Only if you actively relax when necessary, you can draw energetically from the full in the remaining time.

7. The constant drop wears away the stone

If you are so incredibly enthusiastic about your daily yoga practice in the first week that you overdo it and therefore a) have to see an orthopedic surgeon in the second week or b) cannot get up because of sore muscles, nothing is won. Always keep in mind that you can achieve infinitely more with a gentle, mindful, energy-saving DAILY practice than if you practice over short distances with a lot of energy. Be completely calm in your practice and see it simply as a kind of brushing your teeth: namely as an essential component of your daily self-care.

So, now to the action: Prepare everything so that you can start the rest of your yogi life tomorrow!

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Katharina is a mother, yoga teacher and psychologist. At YogaEasy she is the heart of the editorial team and writes about yoga, true happiness and sustainability. Her articles are published in the Yoga Journal, Happy Way and GingerMag.