How to Become Regular in Your Yoga
by Dada Vedaprajinananda copyright, 2005
People come to yoga looking for various things: peace of mind, stress
reduction, improved concentration, and weight loss. Yoga can help you to
accomplish all of this, but “yoga works, if you work!” You have to do the
practices on a regular basis in order to get the results
If you have bought some books on yoga and meditation, don’t let them
gather dust while you sit around thinking that maybe one day you are going
to practice. If you have purchased my electronic book, don’t let it gather
Yoga postures and basic meditation exercises are simple enough to learn.
In fact, I teach them to children and they pick them up quite easily. So,
I am sure that you can learn what to do fairly easily and quickly. The big
problem for most people is to establish the habit of doing the practices
on a regular basis. Here are a few tips which may help you to do your yoga
and meditation on a daily basis.
1. Start with Firm Determination: Yoga begins and ends in the mind.
Take a determination that you are going to give yoga a fair try and you
are going to practice, because it is important to you. Close your eyes,
and think “For the next three months I am going to do it every day.”
During the course of time, whenever you start thinking, “Oh today I don’t
want to do my yoga exercises”, remember your initial determination and
stick to it.
2. Do it Together With some Friends: Learning how to give and share
is an important part of yoga, so don’t keep “yoga” to your self. If
possible find one or two friends who would benefit from practicing yoga,
and do it together with them. The good thing about practicing with others
is that if a day comes when you are not motivated to do the practice, the
enthusiasm of your friends will carry you along and you will do the
practice with them.
3. Make a Regular Schedule and Stick to It: Yoga is not like tennis
or some recreational sport which you will do if the sun is shining and you
feel like doing it. To get the true benefits from yoga you have to do it
every day. So, free some space in your busy schedule and “reserve” this
time for your practice of yoga and meditation.
If you get up a bit earlier in the morning, then you will have a nice
quiet time to do your yoga before the rest of your neighbors wake up. In
the evening, do your best to keep some time free for yoga before your
Once you have set your schedule, stick to it as best you can.
4. Do Your Practices With A Free Mind: It is not enough to reserve
time for yoga, with your body doing the exercises but you mind continuing
to worry about other things. When you stop to do your yoga and meditation,
you should remember that the next 30 or 40 minutes has been reserved for
yoga and for your development. Don’t jump up to answer the phone, or
respond to every minor disturbance. This period of time is for you.
If you begin to think about all your other responsibilities and problems,
gently drop these thoughts and imagine that your problems are tucked away
along with your shoes at the corner of the room, or better yet in another
room. (You shouldn’t be practicing yoga with your shoes on!)
5. Be Patient: Sometimes you will feel the effects of the yoga and
sometimes you will not feel anything. Don’t worry about the immediate
effects, continue to practice. It takes a while before the most profound
results of yoga are realized.
It took you many years to build up your present personality and physical
structure. You can’t change it overnight. But the good news is that you
don’t have to wait many years to change yourself because the regular and
systematic practice of yoga postures and basic meditation can help you to
make great changes in a period of six months to one year.
So, hang in there, start practicing, continue practicing and slowly but
surely yoga will help you to realize your most important goals.
Dada Vedaprajinananda has been practicing and teaching yoga and meditation
for the past thirty five years. If you want to learn more about yoga and how it can help you to lose weight be sure to get our e-book, Yoga
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