Do you keep a yoga journal? Many of us practice yoga at home to achieve improved body tone. For some, the practice of yoga is a peaceful meditation at the beginning or end of a hectic day. Others practice Yoga at the Office, a range of yoga classes that can be done either seated in your chair or in the cubicle.
Record Your Daily Practice
Whether your practice at home or office, yoga is a journey and that’s why keeping a journal is a great way to record one’s daily practice.
During a yoga teacher training program, Morgan Turley’s instructors suggested that she keep a yoga journal. “I could see how it could improve my life, and yet it felt out of reach somehow. It was one of the hardest things for me to do. I would stare at a blank page and wonder what to write about.”
If you’re thinking about what to write about in your home yoga journal, we found some helpful tips.
42Yogis suggests a journal entry might include:
• Date and time of practice
• Practice details: Did I go to a class? Did I do a home practice? Did I supplement my home practice with a yoga video? What style of class was it? How long did I practice? Who was the teacher?
• How did I feel before practice?
• What asanas did I have difficulty with?
• What asanas did I finally conquer?
• What do I want to work on next time?
• How do I feel after practice?
Anna Oldfield, Yoga London, added, “There are many different ways of keeping a journal, and everyone’s method will be slightly different. Some people just keep a note of when they practiced, for how long and the style of yoga, possibly with a few comments. Others may record lengthier descriptions of how they felt, their experiences surrounding the practice and the sequences used. Once you have found your journal style, filling it in regularly will provide you with great material for future reference and will help you to keep track of your personal development.”
What do you plan to write about in your yoga journal?