The idea is to start slowly. Start. Slowly.
I asked if anyone would help test a theory a few weeks back and there have been some reports I'd like to share.
The theory was that, based on the observations published by Coach.me that 90% of meditators kept a daily practice after just 11 days plus repetition of the simplest component of the habit being the best way to get started, if you simply roll out your yoga mat - and do nothing else - for 11 consecutive days, you'll be rolling on your yoga practice.
The results are, of course anecdotal. Patricia noted in her comment,
"The 11-day straight thing worked for me- I took it as a challenge, and that helped me do it. I had a little piece of chocolate after each yoga session, and told myself I could take day #12 off! (don't remember if i did or not). I used the string we got in the HYP class to mark off my yoga space on the living room floor- it's there all the time, out of the way, but I can still see it. I do home practice 5-6 days/week. "
Another of my class yogis who was very skeptical about starting a home yoga practice was happy to report that he'd practiced 25 days in a row while I was out of town - all starting by just rolling out the mat and rolling it up again. He sometimes practices 30 minutes at a time now with confidence.
And just today I received this in an email from a Yoga at Work Yogi:
"I'm on day 18 out of 19 days for rolling out my mat in the morning. Most often I am on my mat for less then 10 minutes. A few mornings have literally been the act of rolling out my mat, 1 deep breathe and rolling my mat back up. But it works!"
I'd say that's pretty clear! "It works!" at least for these yogis. Have you tried it? How did or is it going for you? Get some support and inspire others: leave a comment below!