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If you are an avid yoga enthusiast, finding opportunities to advance your practice might sound beyond your grasp. However, there is always room for growth in yoga, whether you’re a beginner who feels clumsy or an advanced yogi with decades of experience under your belt. Here are some insights into how you can improve your practice.
Leave your comfort zone; don't let the fear of the unknown keep you from reaching your full potential. Reach out to your yoga instructor for guidance on taking your yoga practice to the next level. If there is a new pose that you want to try, but you don't think you can achieve it, try breaking the new posture into smaller steps until you feel comfortable with the basics. Put on some relaxing music during your yoga session. Listening to music while practicing a challenging pose can be a good way to stay calm and focused. Tidal and Spotify are both excellent options for streaming music through your phone. You can even take your practice outdoors if you have a high-quality smartphone. If you need to update your smartphone, or if you’re just in the market for something a little more sleek and modern that can sync with your fitness tracker, you can often find trade-in deals and special offers on products from Apple and Samsung through providers, such as Verizon. Set a goal. Setting a weekly or monthly goal for yourself can improve your yoga training regimen. Whether you are working toward mastering a specific intermediate yoga pose, trying to improve flexibility, or increasing endurance, goal setting is a vital part of achieving results. Using an activity tracker can help you keep eyes on your progress while staying informed about your health. Don't compare yourself to others, but drawing inspiration from the success of others can be a good thing. For instance, Yoga Journal notes you can follow skilled instructors on social media as a means of motivation. Observing others and learning from them can be a great way to expand your skills.
On the other hand, comparing yourself to others can cause negative feelings toward them and yourself, as well as hinder your progress toward improvement. Remember, everyone is on a unique journey, and everyone faces individual challenges.
If you find that you’re comparing yourself to others, surround yourself with those who have positive personalities. This can be an excellent way to ensure that your friends support you on your journey in yoga and life. Having the support of others in the studio can help you push through challenges and achieve your goals. If you’re in a class that’s not working for you, switch to a different class or find a new studio.
Failure Is okay. Whether it’s a poorly executed pose or a poor studio experience, failure is often an unpleasant part of life. However, it is crucial to recognize that failure is a normal part of the learning process. It's essential to keep a positive outlook on failure, since as Lifehack explains, it is often a vital part of success.
Allow failure to become a powerful learning tool. Take the opportunity to reflect on what happened. What went wrong? What would you do differently next time? What lesson did the failure teach you? Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from your failure, keep trying to succeed, and soon you will see progress toward your goal.
Implement these tips to take your yoga skills to the next level. Remember that everyone is on a unique journey in life; there is no need to compare yourself to others. It's okay to experience failure if you learn from your mistakes. Push yourself past your comfort zone, keep practicing, and you will see improvement. With these simple insights, you can reach higher and deeper in your yoga practice.
Jamie is a serendipitous soapmaker with a love for all things DIY, health, and wellness. She is an Advanced CP-HP Soapmaker with certification from the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild. She holds a Diploma in Advanced Organic Cosmetic Science from Formula Botanica. Before starting Lathering Lotus, she worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Professional Yoga Therapist. She lives with her husband, two daughters and her labradoodle near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.