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A Key to a Consistent Yoga Practice: Find Your Why

We live in a world where a lot of us never stop going. It can be hard to find time to remember what's already on our plate, let alone build a new habit like a yoga practice. That being said, one of the main things that has helped me stay consistent lately with my practice is focusing on my why.

Your why is your purpose. It will drive you to achieve it during both good times and bad. Keeping your why front and center will provide you with the motivation you need to keep going when what you really may want is to give up.

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My reasons for creating and maintaining my practice are the same values I built my yoga teaching business around.

Health Through Movement - Simply put, movement is medicine - for your physical, mental and emotional health. Countless diseases, both physical and mental, can be solved or prevented with daily movement. I started teaching yoga because of the health benefits I noticed within myself during my own practice.

I want to help change the fact that 25% of Americans do not move their body outside of going to work, specifically the 30% of those Americans that are people of color. A major part of my why is to make movement through yoga accessible and desired for all, but especially for communities of color that are not typically exposed to the practice of yoga.

Community - There are so many yoga studios, but unfortunately not all yoga spaces provide comfort for all to feel at ease and welcome. Through Phoenix Yoga, I want to create a safe, inspiring space for yogis to find their home away from home and feel comfortable enough to grow their practice as a community.

Yoga Knowledge - If I had a dollar for every time someone told me they don't do yoga because they're not flexible or that yoga isn't a workout. There's so much misinformation and judgments made from stereotypes about yoga. Part of my why is educating people about what yoga is on and off the mat - that everyBODY can do yoga.

When I feel stagnant with my practice, these reasons keep me going. What are your reasons why you started your yoga practice? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Remember to keep them in sight as you move along your yoga journey.

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