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I received a couple of emails asking me how I've managed to stay motivated and/or managed to get myself on the mat every morning, which is pretty much the same question.
In the beginning it was easy. you start off with the suryanamaskaras, and when your unfit and not very flexible that feels like a lot at first. Before you can get bored with that you include Sury B, which still brings me out in a sweat. Then of course you start to add the rest of standing which keeps it fresh and interesting for a couple of months. After a while you have a routine going, it starts becoming familiar you relax into it. You haven't exercised for a while before this so your starting to feel results right away, your feeling a little healthier , fitter, perhaps you've lost a kilo or two. After a while though it all begins to settle down. As you settle into a routine it becomes....well, routine.
It's now that the danger of dropping a couple of sessions comes up. At first, perhaps you were only practicing three days a week. You drop one of those and you have a gap of four days, it becomes harder to get on the mat. Before you know it you get around to your practice maybe once a week if you feel like it, or end up laying off it for awhile altogether though with the intention, always the intention to start practicing again soon. There's always a reason not to practice or a reason to put it off until tomorrow.
Practice tip 1
Routine is everything. Practice every morning. Even if it's only a a couple of Suryanamaskaras A and a B. just to get your body moving. But, do it on your mat. Roll the mat out and do your Sury A there. Cognitive therapists are probably nodding there heads here. Link up all those associations, mornings, mat, practice. Same with meditation practice, you might not be able to face a 20 or 40 minute session but even five minutes sitting on your mat or cushion will keep your practice ticking over.
Practice tip 2
Incentives. Mine at the moment is my half grapefruit with honey on top, love this. Tastes so good after practice. It's the first thing I have, before any water even. Looks bright and beautiful after my darkened practice room and when your parched, so so refreshing. no practice no grapefruit. I might not feel like practicing some mornings but I always feel like that half grapefruit.
Also Marks and Spencer's milk chocolate covered toffee popcorn. Did I practice this morning ? no? then they stay on the shelf.
To be continued......