Several years back Executive Director Ashley Dahl made a commitment to practice for a month. Through this experience she learned, mostly the hard way, a few essentials for a sustained practice. Below are 8 such tips adapted from her blog “Commitment” to help you in your Commitment. (To read Ashley’s full Commitment story click here.)
- Map your practice schedule a week out.When the novelty of the commitment wears off, you’re tired and simply not in the mood, monkey mind can get louder and your body can be left scrambling. Having a ready-made schedule is invaluable.
- Intentionally let things go. Committing to practice every day of the week can mean less time for other things. Decide in advance what to let go of for less stress in the moment. Is there anything you actually want to eliminate? What can be temporarily scaled back?
- Have ready to go healthy snacks on hand. A sustained practice may leave you hungry with less time to get a fix from a coffee shop. Stocking up on nuts, veggies, fruit to carry with you throughout the week can be a lifesaver.
- Drink lots of water! Lots of stuff gets jostled and moved around when we move our bodies in such powerful ways. This can lead to fatigue and headaches. Keep your tissues hydrated and help your organs flush out the toxins. Your body and mind will thank you.
- Be kind to yourself. The good, the bad and the ugly can get stirred up during your practice. Carve out downtime, take a walk in the woods, journal, spend time with good friends…whatever works for you to recalibrate, compassionately.
- Embrace quality rest.Consider integrating Yoga Nidra or Restorative classes to replenish your body and mind. Limiting evening screen time and dimming the lights a couple hours before bedtime can also bring you a more restful night’s sleep.
- Leave your ego at the door. The key “C” word here is commitment, not competition. Pacing a 28-day practice may mean days where you spend extra time in child’s pose or modify a particular pose. It’s all good.
- Take advantage of sangha, or community. Make yoga dates. Introduce yourself to that practitioner you see all the time but whose name you don’t know. Hang out over coffee or tea with other students after class. Acknowledge the folks on the mats surrounding you. Be active in the dedicated Facebook group. The point is to do something concrete to cultivate sangha to, in turn, be more mindful of what your sangha is offering you.
To learn more about 28 Day Commitment click here.
Posted by: 8 Limbs Staff