When I ask busy moms about what keeps them from a consistent yoga practice, the #1 answer is always time. That’s why all the videos in the brb yoga library are less than 30 minutes long.
But there’s another answer I hear almost as often. One you might have said before too.
“I can’t seem to motivate myself to do yoga.”
This feeling makes perfect sense when you think about the reality of life with kids.
You want to do yoga. You really do. But when you get those few glorious moments of free time you want to do a lot of other things too.
- Call back that friend you miss so much.
- Drink a glass of wine on the porch.
- Spend some time with your spouse.
- Read that book you’ve wanted to read for ages.
- Pluck your eyebrows and cut your toenails (Or am I the only one that finds these incredibly relaxing?).
- Do yoga
See that? Yoga is on the bottom. That’s not surprising. You’ve got so many other things competing for your limited time.
Here’s a simple, 3-step process to increase motivation and move yoga up to the top of your list.
1. Define Your Why.
Consider WHY yoga is important to you.
- How does it change the way you are as a parent? Partner? Person?
- How does it impact your emotions?
- How does it impact your body?
Work through these questions. Then decide which of your answers is most important for your life right now?
That’s your WHY. And that’s the reason you’ll make yoga a part of your life.
For example, my “why” for doing yoga is patience. Sure, I get a lot of other benefits from it, but the one benefit that I need on an almost daily basis is patience. One of my client’s “why” is comfort in her body. Yoga reduces her aches and pains and makes her feel better as she moves through her day. That’s what keeps her coming to her mat.
Your “why” will be unique to you.
2. Write it Down.
Put your “why” on paper. Make it your screensaver. Post it on the refrigerator. Just put it somewhere you’ll see it. Otherwise, it’s out of sight, out of mind.
3. Use Your “Why” To Help You Decide What to Do.
When those few moments of free time arrive, and all the options on your list call to you, take a look at your “why”. Often, just revisiting your deeper purpose will move yoga to the top of your list. Sometimes it won’t, and eyebrows and toenails will win. That’s cool too.
Try it today. And share yours! I’d love to know what motivates you to do yoga.
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