Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog; you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.
A yogi’s frog is their yoga practice. Once we perform our first sun salutation, we know that nothing will be harder all day. Synchronizing movement with a clear mind is no easy task. The longer we go in our day without eating our first yoga pose, the more likely we are to miss it.
There are ten main ways to kill procrastination and get back on the yoga mat.
1. Clarify your Vision For Yoga
In my article on how to write a yoga diary, I discuss how yoga is a repeatable science experiment. There is a clear path to a pose, state of mind, and any yoga goal if we can find clarity. An imbalanced brain from too much stress, work, bad food, and bad relationships can reduce clarity. Some ways I like to gain more clarity are:
Accept 100% responsibility for you current situation
Visualize what having 100% clarity would feel like
Stick to one goal at a time
2. Plan Every Day in Advance
Plan on how you will get to your yoga mat. If there are tasks, you need to do before yoga practice, have a game plan to accomplish them smoothly. Putting a plan down on paper is one of the most powerful, but underutilized tactics to not procrastinate yoga.
3. Prepare Your Yoga Space the Night Before
If you have a morning practice, lay out the mat, and have any props, essential oils, and water in their proper positions. Once your morning routine or pre-yoga tasks are done, all you need to do is walk right onto the mat.
If you don’t practice in the morning, lay out everything before you go to work. When you walk in the door and see your yoga space prepared, you’ll gain enthusiasm after a hard day of work.
4. Wake Up Early
How many distractions are there at 6 am? There are fewer people up when you wake early. The TV has nothing good on at 5 am, and no one starts a food or media binge that early. It is the perfect time to start your yoga practice.
All the greatest yogis practice before 5 am. We do not need to go to those extremes, but the morning can produce very mystical and serene states.
5. Take One Sun Salutation At a Time
No yoga sequence is too hard if you just complete it one pose at a time. Many times I commit to one pose just to know I made an attempt at a practice. After the first pose, I lighten up and sometimes can breeze through a whole practice.
6. Upgrade Your Yoga Skills
The more knowledgeable you are about yoga, the greater the enthusiasm will be to get onto the mat.
7. Learn What You Are Best At In Yoga
Determine your best poses, sequences, and breathing exercises. If you are struggling to get on the mat, don’t contain yourself to moves you don’t like to do. Start the practice off with what you do like, and move onto other things later. Who wants to do a practice they hate everyday?
8. Identify Problems In Your Practice
Once you identify roadblocks in certain sequences or asanas, concentrate on how to move past them to focus on your most important goal.
9. Put The Pressure On Your Yoga Practice
What would you do if today was the last day you could practice yoga for one month? What postures? What moves? What intensity? Anytime you feel procrastination creeping up, focus on what that practice would look like and do and go it.
10.Develop a Sense of Urgency
Resolve to move 25% faster in your yoga practice. Some may say this is not a good idea, however, if your mind can’t focus maybe it just needs more movement. Don’t think every practice needs to be a beautiful flow. Also don’t do every practice way too fast to the point where you can’t have a moving meditation.