Yoga is an ancient Indian practice that benefits us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, but we typically need to practice regularly in order to reap these many wonderful health benefits. Moreover, the slumps we sometimes fall into after practicing the same sequence for weeks, months, or years may cause us to feel uninspired or unmotivated and keep us from practicing yoga at all—especially if we don’t switch things up on occasion. For some budget-friendly tips and tricks that will help you to kick your everyday practice up a notch and keep boredom at bay, read on!
Make It a Goal to Practice for Seven Minutes Each Day
According to Healthzen.com, incorporating a regular yoga practice into your daily life can benefit you physically, mentally, and emotionally—especially when it comes to improving your flexibility, emotional awareness, and overall sleep quality. If fitting a full-length yoga session into your day to day isn’t possible, however, you could still reap these great benefits by making it a goal to practice yoga every day for just seven minutes per session—or 49 minutes of yoga a week. Many free videos are available online, allowing you to incorporate a quick but effective practice into your daily routine without spending a dime on your classes.
To motivate and remind you to meet your daily goal, try using a smartwatch, fitness tracker, or smartphone app to set a daily reminder for yourself. With an Apple Watch, for instance, you can use the Move goal within the Activity app to set personal fitness goals for yourself—and you’ll be notified when it’s time to meet them. If you prefer to use a smartphone app to accomplish your daily fitness goals, however, several excellent goal-setting apps include:
Moreover, wearing an Apple Watch or fitness tracker while practicing yoga can help you to get a better look at how your body is responding to various postures and stretches. Since a fitness tracker monitors your heart rate and number of calories burned, you can use this data to modify your yoga practice depending on the types of results you’re hoping to see. To save money or earn cash back on the purchase of your new watch or fitness tracker, be sure to look for top-rated refurbished models—as these often come with Apple promo codes and product discounts.
Use a Meditation App to Keep Yourself from Zoning Out
According to medical experts at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, meditation—like yoga—has been shown to reduce some symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and other conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and high blood pressure. If you’re new to meditation or find yourself zoning out whenever you attempt to calm your mind, however, it may be time to use a meditation app. While some meditation apps must be purchased for a fee, several free options include Calm, Aura, and Insight Timer.
Break Out of Your Comfort Zone with New Props and Poses
If you’re eager to try a challenging new pose or an advanced-level yoga class—but you’ve been too afraid to step outside of your comfort zone—a block, strap, and bolster are several pieces of equipment that can help you to transition into some of the more difficult poses while boosting your practice overall. Plus, you can save money on some types of yoga props if you make your own equipment at home. To make your own straps, for instance, you could simply conjoin two neckties or sashes from bathrobes. As for blocks, you could tape a large book shut and use this DIY prop to enhance your home yoga practice.
Let Your Inner Yogi Shine Through Without Breaking the Bank
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to kick your same-old yoga practice up a notch—all while saving money on your purchases or not spending a dime. Practicing the same yoga routine day in and day out can put a real damper on your fitness goals, but these budget-friendly tips and tricks will keep you on track to becoming an advanced yogi.
Sheila makes self-care a priority now that she’s seen the consequences when she doesn’t. She found a routine that balances work life with taking care of her mental, emotional, and physical health.