Have you been trying, wanting or even entertaining starting your own Home Yoga Practice, but just haven't felt the groove?
Lift, now Coach.me, a habit tracking and support app recently published some data that has me thinking. It suggests that people who started tracking a daily meditation habit were likely to continue if they made it past the 11th day. "90% of meditators on Lift continue to do it daily after just 11 days."
I think this may transfer to HYP given the similarity in benefits, time and training needed. Particularly if you meld the method with this other insight: the simpler the action, or sub unit of the action you want to establish, the faster the activity will become a habit (unconscious tendency).
The simplest action associated with HYP I can imagine is rolling out your mat. That's it: just roll out your mat in your intended yoga practice space. Beside your bed, in your living room, study, porch - wherever makes sense for your life. If you're on the road, roll it out in every hotel room. For 11 days, just roll out your mat and roll it back up. Maybe stand on it - maybe. Take the simplest action that makes sense for you. For 11 days. Then add one more simple action. Warrior I. Conscious Breathing. DownDog. You choose.
Positive reinforcement is powerful. For it to work it has to be immediate but need not be directly related to the activity. You'll definitely reap rewards from your home yoga practice, but they may not always be immediate or unalloyed with the worries of daily life. So choose something that makes you smile: chocolate is a popular reward. A small square of dark chocolate sitting at the end of your mat for consumption immediately after you've completed your practice, or a similar immediate reward - whether that practice is a vigorous, long hour or simply mindfully rolling out your mat - has been shown to increase likelihood of habit establishment as well as rapidity.
Finally, track your action. Mark days on the calendar, download an app to help out, stack pebbles - whatever you want to do to track the confluence of days. make it tangible in whatever way matters to you.
If you want to share your progress, success or failure, bump in the road, recovery or otherwise, leave a comment here or head over the HYP Forum and start a thread! Support is the final ingredient in establishing a habit, and you'll want all you can get for a habit so powerfully positive. Remember to go slow, take it a step at a time: you're establishing a habit for a lifetime. Who cares if it takes a few weeks? My clients who have started very small, given themselves concrete rewards, tracked their actions and talked to others doing the same things still have their HYP. Authentic, versatile and their very own. When will you start?