Okay yoga community, welcome to the last post of of the Back to Yoga Basics series, where we’re welcoming new yoga students to their mat, creating a safe space for learning, and covering the foundations of what to expect for the yoga journey ahead.
Today’s focus is how to continue + deepen our yoga practice….. because I know if you’re just starting this yoga journey, you’re quickly falling head over heels and want to know how to continue this love affair.
But before we dive in, lets recap everything we’ve covered + experienced thus far.
- Beginner Hatha Flow Practice (welcome to the mat)
- How to use Yoga Props
- Beginner Standing Postures Flow Practice
- Yoga Teacher Cues Revealed
- Beginner Balance Flow Practice
- How to Modify Your Practice
- Beginner Strength Flow Practice
Holy what. That’s a lot of information! Feel good about learning + experiencing all of that? And if you’re just landing here on this page, I encourage you start at the first experience and work your way back to this page.
And now we’re here in this moment, discussing how to continue this incredible journey.
Below are my suggestions, but remember, these are my personal thoughts. Each teacher + yoga student will have a different opinion, so do what feels good, add in what your body needs, remove what you’re not enjoying, and then continue to fine tune this experience as your journey unfolds.
1. Consistent Yoga Practice
Like anything we pursue in life, consistency helps breed success, and this is true of the yoga practice too.
Without a consistent practice, it will continue to be challenging, uncomfortable and intimidating. So to not be stuck in this space, I invite you to commit to a consistent yoga practice and recommend a minimum of three days a week.
These “three days” can be a mix of whatever your body is needing, but plan ahead, choose the yoga classes you’re crushing on and then commit! And to help get ya started, below are two ideas:
- Learn 30 yoga poses in 30 days, join the journey today!
- Receive weekly on- and off-the-mat yoga lessons from yours truly & learn about our supportive yoga fam in the Body Mind Soul Studio!
2. Challenge Yourself
Once you’re in the yoga groove, bending + breathing, it’s time to challenge yourself and start a new journey. Not only will your body be ready to mix it up + learn new postures, it’s also great for your mind to cultivate positive habits that will spill over into your life (hello yoga off the mat).
Below are two journey’s I recommend (+ created) that are intended for the yogi who’s not a beginner, but ready to take it up a notch.
- Yoga Body Bootcamp – a seven day challenge to reset + reconnect.
- Chakra Challenge – a seven day challenge to connect with your energetic centers.
3. Start Meditating
The next step on our yoga path is learning about meditation + cultivating a meditation practice.
Now I have to give a disclaimer here, I’m not the best at meditating and it’s a practice that is consistently written down with my monthly/weekly goals, yet somehow I’ve yet to form it into a habit.
However, the benefits are undeniable and it’s a deeply rooted part of the yoga tradition, so I will continue to work at this practice, sitting my butt down, closing my eyes, clearing my mind, and getting more and more comfortable with my hot loneliness (my new favorite term for uncomfortable moments of nothingness).
If you’ve never practiced meditation, here’s a great video tutorial explaining the different styles. And if you’re ready to mediate, below are free meditations from yours truly.
- 15 Minute Heart-Centered Guided meditation for Self-Love & Acceptance
- Morning Meditation: Practice Self Love & Awaken to Your Day
4. Find Your Yoga Fam
I know, this tip is a bit cliché, but stick with me.
The yoga path can be a lonely path, and the deeper you dive into the practice, the lonelier it will become. Your familiar circle of friends, co-workers, and family members will most likely support your yoga journey, but they just won’t get it. Trust me. Been there. Done that. Still doing it.
And while sometimes loneliness is the key to discovering our true potential, it can also be downright boring and not enjoyable. So this is why I tell you to find your yoga fam.
Find the people who are doing yoga, leaning into their fears, creating new habits, taking chances, and doing the work.
You can find your community through a local yoga studio, any type of movement studio, a local book club, a nonprofit organization, or right here online with us. If you’re seeking a yoga community to connect with and share in this journey, click the link below to learn all about the Body Mind Soul Studio!
5. Become a Yoga Teacher
And last on the list of how to continue + deepen your yoga practice is…. become a yoga teacher!
Oh hey, that’s what I did, and you can definitely do it too. Regardless of whether you want to teach or not, becoming a yoga teacher is life changing experience that will deepen your knowledge of the yoga studies, connect you with humans on an unimaginable level, help break down your fears in a safe space, and armor you with the confidence to get out there and pursue your dreams.
If this idea is creating butterflies in your tummy, read this article to learn about the different programs + styles of teacher training.
Okay tribe, that’s the jam!
If you participated in this entire series, thank you for showing up, doing the work, and learning more about your yoga practice + yourself in the process! Now it’s your job to take the next step and continue your journey…. you got this, I promise.
Until next time, xoxo.
Hey! I’m Allie.
I’m a self-growth student, freedom-seeker, yoga teacher and the founder of a tight-knit online yoga community: the Body Mind Soul Studio. I’m here to teach you how to transform your life on-and-off-the-mat with a holistic yoga practice.
I wanna learn it all!
The Yoga Reset Guide is my FREE 7-step journey to deepen your practice and recenter your body, mind and soul. Self-paced, no equipment necessary, perfect for beginners AND veteran yogis.