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Creating the Yoga Habit: 7 Steps to Beginning a Regular Practice


Recently I have found myself revisiting one of my favorite blogs for a refresher on how to keep life simple. With January coming to an end & some of my new years resolutions taking a back seat to a busy work schedule it seems as if I have lost the steam I had when the New Year was upon us.

Zen Habits is one of these best blogs that I have found to find ways to improve my personal, professional, & social life through basic understanding of forming, maintaining, & creating new healthy habits. Some of my favorite posts by Leo Babauta are Creating Silence from Chaos, 9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better, & most recently A Compact Guide to Fitness. The last article mentioned has spurred this post as well as Leo’s simple structuring of blog posts has also inspired me to keep this as basic for you as it comes.

Creating the Yoga Habit

1. Plan ahead. Schedule yourself to attend 4-5 classes a week & carve out time in your busy week to stick to it.

2. Make it Social. Have friends join you or meet up at class so that there is a social element to your practice.

3. Pick a studio that is close to work or your home. Having immediate access will increase your likelihood to attend classes regularly.

4. If you are a beginner, we promise it gets better. Day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Your mat will always be there, however it needs you to come to the practice to do the work.

5. Tell yourself you love it. Its all mental, so allow yourself to enjoy the practice or at least trick yourself into thinking that. Soon the pain of the intense stretches & the umpteenth Downward Dog will no longer kill your shoulders. We promise.

6. Give it 3-4 weeks to stick. You will soon realize you can’t live without it.

7. Make it a priority. No backing down or making excuses. Truly devote a month to making this habit stick!

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Pictures Worth A Thousand Words: Images to Stay Motivated


Visual reminders are important for staying positive & motivated. Print out one of the below images & post it where you will see it most often. We promise there will be a huge change in your attitude & energy towards pushing yourself to new heights this year. Be sure to put it in a place you will see it often, we suggest inside your bathroom cabinet or right by your light switch on the way out the door!

Bring. It. On. Life.

Life of an Athlete

Be Inspired by Greatness.

Don't waste time making excuses. Just run.

Aim high for your goals. It'll be worth it!

Create Yourself.

Run because you can.

Set Your Vision Straight for the New Year: CYS 2012 Goal Setting Strategies

It’s that time of year again when the New Years Resolution lists start. You may find yourself contemplating the same goals & resolutions as last year that you gave up on come February as the promise of a fresh start had worn off (SSDY- same sh*t, different year). Some may detest these lists since you very well could be an individual that aims to live out your goals every day. Whether you realize it or not these sometimes seemingly trivial tasks of setting large and small goals for yourself in each facet of your life may end up serving you well upon the beginning of a new set of 365 days to improve, strive to new heights, & enhance your life.

California Yoga Sport has some tricks of their own when it comes to setting new goals & creating a growing vision for both our personal as well as professional lives. CYS trainer & Oakley Women’s Ambassador, Lacey Calvert, has shared some of her personal pages of her “2012 Vision Book”  to show you just how inspirational & ambitious one can be with creating a clear idea of how to set goals, strive for new adventure, & achieve the success you desire through focused intentions.

First, find or buy a book that you can fill the blank pages with notes, pictures, quotes, inspirational scraps, etc.. to add to your visual representation of the things you either want to continue in your life, things you’d like to begin, learn about, or add to your present reality.

This book will be something we suggest you revisit & add to often, whether it be daily, weekly, or monthly. This process will help you remember those goals you set out for yourself as well as stimulate new ideas on how to achieve those things on your New Years Resolution list. Your vision book will represent both your current & future reality.

 

 

 

As you start to think about the New Year you may want to include things you want to learn .. like for instance learning how to cook or more specifically how to cook vegetarian or vegan. Lacey has added recipe ideas & anecdotes to keep her inspired about what she intends to gain from this experience of cooking, whether it be improving your nutrition or learning a new skill. Be sure to keep goals more specific, such as I want to learn 1 new recipe a week, which is more effective & achievable when goal setting versus a more general goal of aiming toEat healthier” in 2012.

It is also important to have professional milestones in mind along with your fitness, health, & personal goals. Having a clear vision in your workplace of how to enhance your skills, your job role, or your progression in your career will help you from becoming stagnant or unhappy in your 9-5. Revisiting your career path and always looking at the next steps is something that will serve you well for both your health & work/life balance, allowing you to put more energy towards the things that you love which hopefully include your job.

Another one of CYS’s favorite ideas for the New Year is a Bucketlist, in addition to or rather than a New Years Resolution List. When you set concrete goals or action items you are more likely to follow through because you are clear on what it takes to get you there. Here is Lacey’s 2010 Bucketlist. Just look at what you can accomplish in just one year! Hopefully this inspires some ideas about what you feel you have been missing out on. Some suggestions are to put at least one bucketlist item for each of the following: 1. Something that you have always wanted to try, 2. Something that scares you or that you fear, 3. Something that incorporates building a new skill, 4. Something that benefits others, 5. Something that you have to work hard for. Keep it realistic, but also look at new ways to challenge yourself in this new year & push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Make 2012 Your Year!

We hope that this will inspire you to create a Vision Book of your own & tackle those goals, skills, & things you have been putting off. Pictures and visual representation of the lifestyle & things you wish to incorporate more of in your life is a truly effective method to bringing those new experiences into being. Curious about more of our goals & action items for 2012, feel free to contact us or Lacey for more ideas or inspiration!

Enjoy your last week in 2011 & embrace the promise of a great 2012 ahead of you!