Photo Credit: Stacey Cox 

We adore yoga … obviously!

But even those most avid practitioners amongst us can feel our practice wane from time to time. 

Yoga is a journey, not a destination, and it can sometimes feel like a long road, especially when your motivation is running on empty. 

So, how do you find that spark to roll out your mat consistently? 

Here are some down-to-earth tips to help you find and sustain your motivation for practicing yoga …

Start with Your “Why”

Why did you start thinking about yoga in the first place? Is it the promise of stress relief, the pursuit of flexibility, or perhaps a quest for inner peace? Understanding your “why” is crucial. Write it down, stick it on your mirror, or set it as your phone’s background. Your reason is your anchor, especially on those days when Netflix and the couch look more inviting than heading to the studio!

Set Realistic Goals

Let’s make this super clear. The goal of yoga is NOT becoming a human pretzel! Setting achievable goals can help you stay motivated. Maybe it’s touching your toes without bending your knees, or perhaps it’s maintaining a regular practice three times a week, maybe it’s a less reactive state when your toddler packs their next tantrum! Celebrate these small wins—they’re stepping stones on your yoga journey.

Find a Sanctuary 

Having a dedicated space helps signal your brain that it’s time to practice, creating a sense of routine and mindfulness. Our studio is thoughtfully designed to help you to feel instantly safe, at ease, and welcome – and we have everything you need for an optimal practice. Come and visit us at 25 Mandeville Street, Riccarton, Christchurch. 

Mix It Up

Doing the same routine over and over can get monotonous. Keep your practice fresh by trying different classes of yoga. From the dynamic movement of Soul Flow to the deep stretches of Restorative Yin, exploring various practices can keep things exciting. At Soul Studio we have nine different classes across the week, as well as regular workshops and events to help keep you excited and refreshed. 

Find A Tribe 

Being part of a community can be incredibly motivating. Sharing your journey with like-minded yogi’s can provide support, accountability, and a sense of belonging. Plus, it’s always fun to swap tips and stories, and have some fun. We reckon our Soul tribe is pretty special – consider this your personal invite to join us! 

Listen to Your Body

Lastly, and most importantly, listen to your body. Yoga should never be a painful or forced practice. Respect your limits and honour how you feel each day. Some days will be more challenging than others, and that’s okay. The key is consistency, not perfection.

Remember, finding your motivation for yoga is a personal journey. What works for one person might not work for another, and that’s perfectly fine. Explore, experiment, and enjoy the process. Your mat is your space, and your practice is your time. So take a deep breath, find your centre, and let the journey begin.

More on this topic on That Yoga Podcast 

Want to deep dive further into this topic? Check our episode ONE of That Yoga Podcast over on Apple, Spotify or Amazon and join Sarah O’Connell and Alex Ballagh as they explore our “why” in yoga.