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Learn how to make yoga a daily habit with these simple tips and ACTUALLY stick to it…
There are many different health benefits of practicing yoga. Prior to having children, I was practicing twice a week at a studio and have never felt so great in my life. Since having kids, I have found myself neglecting my health and I need to stop.
In order to take care of my kids, I need to take care of myself.
I’ve written about self-care tips in the past and the importance of it. I’ve found myself neglecting my health in the last couple of months. My husband has been gone a lot and without school to keep up with a routine, I’ve faltered.
That is going to stop! I’m not getting any younger and just because it is the summer doesn’t mean I have to stop with our routine.
5 Amazing Health Benefits of Yoga //
I am one huge stress ball, it’s like I am a magnet for stress (my gray hairs will attest to that). If you’re new to following my journey: I am a military spouse whose husband is frequently TAD, I am a special needs mom to two remarkable boys, and I suffer from anxiety.
Yoga is a huge benefit for those who suffer from stress like myself. If you’re not familiar with yoga, you take in deep breaths during practice. When you do these deep breaths, they reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
If you’re tight and rigid like me, it can cause a few aches and pains–particularly in my hips or sciatica. I use to work at a Chiropractic office and know the importance of stretching, tight muscles / weak core can cause pain.
My boss at the time told me if I don’t continue to stretch, I could possibly end up like the older women coming in for adjustments. Inflexibility is a big reason I have terrible posture.
Increases Muscle Tone
Practicing yoga can also increase your muscle tone! Yoga is a full-body workout. I often find muscles that I never knew existed becoming sore after a good one-hour session.
Just because you’re not lifting up a dumbbell/barbell doesn’t mean you’re not increasing your strength. Yoga is a lot of stability, core strength, and is considered strength training because you typically hold a pose for an extended period of time.
Improves Sleep Quality
Restorative asana, yoga nidra (a form of guided relaxation), Savasana, pranayama, and meditation encourage pratyahara, a turning inward of the senses, which provides downtime for the nervous system.Yoga Journal
After a good session of yoga, I find myself wanting to take a nap! If it wasn’t for laundry and tending the children–I would’ve taken a nap!
Mental Health Benefits
Practicing yoga can benefit your Mental Health as well. As a special needs mom, mompreneur, and military spouse, I am extremely busy. I feel like I carry so much on my shoulders and never have time to myself.
According to Yoga Journal,
It moves you from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system,
What that means is that it helps take you out of the stress mode (or flight or fight) and into a more relaxed state. For example, I had so much noise in the background and the boys were climbing all over me.
Despite the chaos around me, I was able to relax and focus. It is truly remarkable. I forgot how relaxing yoga is and will continue to practice at home with my favorite Yogi, Adrienne!
Give it a try!
Can’t get to a studio? I’ve got you! I love to be doing Yoga with Adrienne, she is awesome. She has many 30-Day Yoga Challenges! I’ve also included other YouTube channels for you!
How to Make Yoga a Daily Habit
The health benefits of yoga are truly amazing BUT if you don’t make it a habit then that defeats the purpose. Here are simple hacks to make yoga into a daily habit in your life:
Life can get busy, I get that. I am a mom to two boys with one who has a rare genetic disorder DYRK1A Syndrome, Autism, and Sensory Processing Disorder. His big brother has Anxiety and Auditory Processing Disorder, as you can see I am very busy shuffling them to therapy and doctor appointments when I’m not working.
BUT, that doesn’t excuse me from taking care of myself.
Start by setting yourself reminders:
- Alarms – my husband sets an alarm for every little thing
- Time Block – block out a specific time during your day for yoga
- Set Out Visual Reminders – learn more below
Don’t Start Big – Think Simple
Most people have difficulties keeping a habit because they often set out to do something too big. In my New Year’s Resolutions post, I mention to start out making small goals first.
You can make yoga a daily habit by:
- Tell yourself you will do 15 mins of yoga daily and build up from there
- Log your yoga journey in a journal
- Treat yourself with yoga accessories as rewards
Leave Out Visual Reminders
Leaving out visual reminders can also help tremendously. Visual reminders are definitely key to being productive and reaching your goals. Some visual reminders that will help you complete yoga on a daily basis:
- Leave out your yoga mat and accessories where you can see
- Set out little yoga easter eggs throughout the house
- Pack a yoga bag and place it in your car – if you do yoga outside your home
Follow an Online Program (find below)
Following a program with a yoga instructor (or going to a class) can definitely boost your morale. One of my favorite yoga classes can be found on YouTube, Yoga with Adrienne, and it is completely FREE.
She has so many monthly yoga programs for her subscribers and they are very personable.
Not a fan of hers? There are many other free YouTube channels for aspiring yogis, check them out below.
10 Free Yoga YouTube Channels //
- 1 | Yoga with Adrienne
My Final Thoughts
You can make yoga a daily habit, you absolutely can! Just set aside a specific time throughout your day designated just for yoga. Once you do set yourself reminders (visual ones too)!
Yoga has many health benefits for you, you just have to make time for it.
Only YOU can make it a habit – no one can do it for you.
My question to you: How do you stick to your routine during the long summer months from school?