Trying to find the motivation to tick off everything on your to-do list can be challenging for anyone. Add in the frenzy of being a busy single mum, and it’s not just challenging … it’s often downright impossible!
But believe it or not, there are a few great (and simple) ways to rejuvenate your motivation, and yoga is one of them. In fact, scientific studies have actually concluded that ‘participation in yoga may increase self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation’, so it’s definitely worth giving the old downward dog a try.
The elephant in the room, of course, is the fact that it can sometimes be difficult to find the motivation to boost your motivation! That’s why we’re sharing these seven tips to make home yoga exciting and fun.
7 Home-based yoga tips to rejuvenate your motivation
1. TREAT YOURSELF TO NEW EQUIPMENT
Who doesn’t love new stuff? Whether it’s a new yoga mat or towel, some cool yoga shorts, a pair of super grippy socks, or a replacement for your old, knackered resistance band, new yoga equipment can be just what you need to get your home yoga practice off to a great start. We know that saving money and finding bargains is high on the priority list for all mums, so you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to shop at exclusive yoga studios to find what you need. You can actually find some pretty decent yoga equipment and top exercise ranges at many of the standard chain department stores.
2. ENJOY A CHANGE OF SCENERY
If you’re constantly feeling like you’re either at work, in the car, or doing things in the house, yoga can be the motivator you need to enjoy a much-needed change of scenery. The beauty of home yoga is that you’re not limited to practising indoors; you can make any space your own personal yoga studio, including your yard. Practising amongst nature can help to free the mind, giving you the chance to really reset the clock and recharge the batteries. It may sound simple, but by taking a short break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you really can build the energy you need to get things done.
3. MIX IT UP
While research shows that practising yoga is good for boosting motivation, you may stop seeing this benefit if you start to become bored with your routine, or if you grow weary of doing the same poses time after time after time. That’s why it’s so important to switch it up every now and then. In a yoga class, the instructor will be responsible for finding new ways to maintain interest in the exercise, but at home it’s all down to you. The good news is that there are lots of places to look for inspiration. There are even lots of free yoga classes on YouTube that you can follow along with at your own desired pace.
4. KEEP IT A SECRET
If you’re finding that your home yoga routines are really starting to work, you may be tempted to shout about it from the rooftops, and invite all your friends to join in for a quick session while the kids are at school. But one of the very best tips for enjoying a great home yoga experience is to keep this for you. Practising alone means that you’re able to choose the poses and routines that you enjoy, and that you find comfortable, without having to try and please anyone else. And let’s not forget that practising yoga alone is also very self-indulgent. How often can you say that you really get quality ‘me time’, hey?
5. HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF
Practising home yoga alone has its benefits, but it also has a downside: there’s no one there spurring you on. When your motivation to unroll your mat starts to wane, you need to be your own cheerleader; you need to develop your very own mum mantra that keeps you going. Choose something that gives you confidence that you can do this, or something that gives you a reason to do yoga specifically. Some good examples to consider are ‘with every breath out, a release of stress from my body’, ‘I have the courage to keep going’, and ‘I have the power to create change’. See if you can make your own mantra, just for you.
Home-based yoga tips to rejuvenate your motivation (cont.)
6. END WITH SAVASANA
One of the biggest mistakes that home yoga mums often make is that they finish their final pose, then jump straight up and try and give a big push on productivity. This often doesn’t work, and you may even feel less motivated than you did before! While yoga is certainly relaxing for the mind, it challenges the body more than you may realise. That’s why it’s so important to end each session with savasana. This pose is easy; all you need to do is lie flat on your back, with your arms at the side, and just breathe. It helps your body to unwind after stretching the muscles, and gives you a moment to prepare for the day.
7. KEEP HAVING FUN
The benefits of yoga are most noticeable when you practice regularly and consistently … but that doesn’t mean that you need to stick to ‘proper’ sessions each and every day, especially if you don’t really find yoga to be all that fun. A big advantage of home yoga is that there’s no set schedule. Some days, you might not have time to complete a full session, and that’s OK. Some days, you might just feel like having a bit of a play – vinyasa style – rather than getting yourself into the standard poses. That’s OK, too. It’s the act of taking time for yourself that helps to boost motivation… not your ability to do kapotasana!
FINDING THE TIME TO PRACTICE YOGA
There’s one big question on your mind right now, isn’t there? How in the heck are you supposed to find the time to practice yoga when you barely have the time to stuff a muffin down your face before leaving for work? The truth is that a yoga routine doesn’t have to last more than 5 or 10 minutes. Yes, really! Maybe you don’t do the dishes one night. Maybe you get up 5 minutes early. Maybe the kids can get their own snacks from the kitchen! You really don’t have to sacrifice much – or anything – to enjoy yoga.