We all know we can feel fabulous after a session of qigong, yoga or meditation. For many of us group classes, workshops and retreats are pleasant, yet distant memories. With COVID-19 restrictions have you found it difficult to stay motivated and practice at home?
Bringing your mind body practice into your daily routine at home can be of fabulous benefit especially during these times of change and uncertainty. Consistency is the key.
Try these 5 tips to get you motivated to begin and keep you motivated to continue with a consistent yoga and qigong home practice.
Designate a Practice Space
This may be easy for you if you have plenty of space. Try not to get discouraged if you do not. The space does not need to be large. Use a yoga mat or small carpet to define the perimeters. Avoid having the space become cluttered with other furniture or other belongings. Keep it simple. As you use your space regularly it will take on its own energy. You will feel that sense of “coming home” just to be in your practice space.
Let others know
Explain to family members how important it is for you to have time for your daily practice. Let them know this is a time you do not wish to be disturbed. Set your boundaries and stick to them. If you are joining a live class on Zoom [check for upcoming sessions here] turn off your notifications during the class so that you can stay focused and present during the session.
Keep it Simple and Realistic
Keep your expectations of yourself realistic and keep your practice simple. No need to complicate things. The simplest qigong and yoga practices can be the most profound. We can so easily fall into self-criticism. To avoid falling into the self-criticism and failure trap praise yourself each time you follow through with your practice. This is an achievement whether you managed to squeeze in a 5-minute meditation or a full 30 minutes of qigong.
Many students tell me they do not know how to practice yoga and qigong on their own. My suggestion is to simply begin. Take a few moments to lay back or sit quietly and breathe. Notice your breath. Connect to inner awareness. How does your body feel? Begin to move with any movement that feels right. Trust yourself. You will know what to do.
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