How to keep up a yoga practice during the summer months

If you are anything like me, when the weather warms up and outdoor activities are more accessible (especially with two small kids – the snowsuit struggle is real) I fall out of my yoga routine. Early mornings spent at a yoga class get replaced with watering the garden or just hanging out and enjoying the warmer weather. Evenings or weekends get filled with other fun activities that take you outside. And then there is the heat. Who wants to get all sweaty in a yoga class when you can do that standing still? Here are some tips and tricks to keep up your yoga practice no matter what you have going on.

Have a plan.                        “An unexamined life is not worth living.” ~Plato~

When deciding on how to incorporate yoga into your busy schedule it’s important to recognize what works for you. If morning yoga isn’t your thing, then creating a schedule where you get up at 4am to practice isn’t going to have lasting power. If schedules aren’t your thing, make a goal to work in 2-3 times a week to hit the mat whenever you can. If you have 15 minutes to yourself, you can break out the mat and get some quick stretches in which will not only make you feel better about how you feel physically but can be a quick mental break to all that activity.

Find fun classes

In the summer there are all sorts of interesting classes that aren’t available during the winter months.  SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga is a great option and can be found at different locations around  Madison. Outdoor yoga is another great option. You can either join a class outdoors (check out my  Meetup group Madison Outdoor Yoga for more info on FREE outdoor yoga) or you can just grab a mat and head to a park. Many studios also offer different workshops and additional classes when the weather warms up, so check out your local studio or your favorite teacher’s website to see when and where they have special events planned.

Switch it up!

Depending on your yoga journey, you may not want the same type of yoga practice you had in the winter. Practice times may become shorter and may consist of a more free-flowing yoga rather than the Yin or Slow Flow yoga you were practicing in the winter. Maybe you want to focus more on your meditation practice rather than work on arm balances. Listen to your body and your mind to know when and where yoga will work into your busy summer schedule.

Don’t be so hard on yourself

When working yoga into your busy schedule, don’t beat yourself up for taking a day or even a week off. It’s important that you find the balance associated with yoga on and off the mat to really bring yoga into your everyday life. If you are constantly seeing your yoga practice as a burden you won’t find the relief that comes from getting on your mat, quieting your mind, and tuning into that authentic self.

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