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A New Era In Your Yoga Practice
Yoga is meant to be both healthy and relaxing. However, like all things – and especially those that are good for you – it’s easy to get burnt out. Relight your yoga fires, and you will reap all of the rewards. Keep reading for some modern solutions to help you overcome your hindrances to this ancient exercise.
Your Technology Tweaked
Although you likely won’t talk on the phone or play video games while you practice, there is no shame in harnessing the power of your smartphone to help you along. Your mobile device has many benefits that can boost a mundane yoga practice. The most prevalent pair of benefits are that it can help you set (and achieve) your fitness goals, and it allows you to follow along with your favorite instructor from anywhere.
Goal setting apps like Strides and Way Of Life don’t take up a ton of memory, and can be installed on most devices. With goals in an accessible location (your phone), you empower yourself to stay accountable 100% of the time. On top of that, when you would prefer to practice outside of the studio, your phone can easily transition into your personal yoga hotspot with yoga apps. Healthline suggests a handful to meet virtually any need and fitness level. On top of that, most offer no-cost usage, although in-app purchases of premium content may be required.
When you don’t have the technology or data allowance to handle your new apps, switch to a phone and provider that has everything you need to succeed. You might even be able to get credit toward a new iPhone by trading in your outdated device. Look for the features you desire, like an unlimited plan and extra-long battery life.
iPhones are not the only devices, however, that let you enjoy yoga on the go. If you’d rather stick with an Android, there are a plethora of options. For example, Android Authority points out Samsung offers a solid selection in their Galaxy lineup of phones and tablets. Contemplate what’s important for you, and you’re sure to find a great solution.
In And Out Of Your Comfort Zone
People have comfort zones for a reason. Ekhart Yoga explains that these intangible spaces are where we feel the most at ease. They are safe houses away from anxiety and uncertainty. Unfortunately, they are also where we are least productive. You have to step away from your personal bubble if you want to experience more. You can do this by trying a different type of yoga or heading out into nature where your asanas will be witnessed by the birds, breeze, and trees.
Despite the risk of inhibited growth, your comfort zone does have some benefits. It allows you to experiment without feeling vulnerable. A good way to do this is to spend a few minutes each day trying something new. A seven-minute flow is a good place to start; once you have mastered the basics, you can spend an equal amount of time on more complex routines.
When you find yourself sore, achy, and unmotivated at the end of the week, it may be time to spend a Friday afternoon away from the yoga studio. Head to the spa for a massage to ease your muscles, improve circulation, and enhance flexibility. All of the perks of massage therapy will help you take your yoga practice to the next level. Similarly, you may do better in class if you take the time to learn the history of yoga. By understanding how yoga came to be, you can better embrace the ideals.
The ultimate takeaway is that technology is a valuable tool that can help you meet and achieve your goals. But, it is not the only factor, and it can only take you so far. If you want to truly excel on the mat, you have to find your comfort zone and shatter it. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle a bit of self-care into the mix, either.