3 Ways to Maximize Your Yoga Practice

April 9 | The Lifestyle |

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Maximize Your Yoga Practice

Doing yoga for 20 years has meant that I have gone through lots of phases – in my practice and in my life.  In that river of life, there has been times where I have done less asana and more active / traditional exercises or have been injured and had to shift my routine.What I have observed in those times, is that changing what I am doing for exercise has informed my yoga practice and it has also deeply changed my day-to-day life.

For me, yoga and meditation shows up to help in the most unexpected places.  But, my favorite is when the things that I do outside of yoga change my outlook on my mat and my practice.  There are some fundamental things you can do to your life that will shift and change how you feel on the mat. And, there are also fun ways you can challenge your physical body that will help maximize your yoga practice.

3 Ways to Maximize Your Yoga Practice

Be Mindful of What You Eat and Drink

  • To maximize your yoga practice, shop in the fresh aisles (produce and fresh fish/meats), skip the middle aisles and frozen food section.
  • Try to shop every 2-3 days, buy fresh and cook all your foods lightly and simply. Eat fresh fish and meats, multigrains lots of leafy and raw veggies and loads of healthy fats like avocados, cold pressed olives oils. 
  • Consider laying off alcohol during the week and limit your drink choices on the weekends to low sugar, simple drinks in moderation.Doing this will help your deep sleep, length of sleep and motivation levels along with keeping your body running clean. Try it for 30 days and see how you feel.

Be Playful and Curious

The best yogi is one that is always curious and open. So, keep a beginners mind in your forefront:

  • Try a New Teacher
  • Sign Up for a New Style of Class – Y6 Sculpt is launching in April! 
  • Register for a Workshop
  • Explore Enrolling in Yoga Teacher Training
  • Practice at a Different Time of Day

As humans, we are creatures of habit- you love your yoga teachers, your routines, your rituals – get out of your own way and do something you’ve never done before! The best thing you can do is try and remain open. 

Shake Up Your Routine

If your go-to movement practice is yoga, shake up your routine:

  • Join a Run Club
  • Take a Boot Camp Class
  • Sign Up for Y6 Sculpt
  • Walk or Bike to Class
  • Go on a Hike
  • Stand Up Paddle Board
  • Surf
  • Spin

Varying up your exercises will help you isolate and strengthen all the core muscles you use in yoga and it will force your body to work in different ways – avoiding overuse of certain muscle groups. Plus, its a chance to see what all the yoga has done for your body!

Remember, it’s about the beginner’s mind set-have fun and don’t be so serious. Tell us how you are changing your life and routines, we are curious to hear what works for you!