“Fun is good. When it’s deep, it can change the boring world around you.”
Yoga is not always associated with seriousness. However, most of us often treat it in a solely solemn way, thereby overlooking its true essence. Yoga is not only meditation, relaxation, or stress-busting. It is about engaging in a mindful yet enjoyable exercise, one that is both fun and blissful. Only when you enjoy this practice in the true sense, can you experience its benefits to the fullest.
If you find meditation or yoga boring, you may not have found the right way to practice it. This is much easier to practice than most people think. Here are a few tips you may keep in mind to make yoga more fun.
1. Practice Easy Poses & Breath
Regular practice of yoga not only keeps both your mind and body fit but also develops a new perspective toward life. So, if you don’t feel like doing entire exercises, it’s fine. However, it is a good idea to engage in yoga regularly, even if it is as simple as breathing exercises. This will help maintain consistency. Only 10 deep breaths are enough to calm you down and make you feel refreshed. Remember that a yoga pose need not be complex. In mindfulness practices, a small thing goes a long way.
2. Practice With a Buddy
Feeling bored with your regular yoga classes? Spice it up by asking your friend to join your session. Grab a cup of coffee afterward and you will certainly love your class. Sometimes, yoga or meditation sessions become more exciting and engaging when you practice it with other like-minded people. However, the chosen company is important as it can play a crucial role in keeping you motivated. So, the person you are inviting needs to share similar interests in yoga and meditation. You could also share yoga tips and goals to add more fun to the entire process.
3. Try Out Different Locations
We all know about different styles of yoga. However, have you ever thought of trying them out in different locations? Consider giving it a go. Don’t hesitate to switch your yoga studio with a peaceful outdoor location. Practicing outside in a garden or lawn helps you connect with nature, and in turn, your inner being. The best thing about yoga and meditation is that they can be done anywhere.
4. Smile While Practicing
A smile can make everything easier – even the challenging yoga poses. Many of us consider yogis to be altogether grave and serious. However, this is not reality. Real yogis are happy souls. So, while holding on to the Firefly Pose or Peacock Pose (any advanced pose), try to smile. Experts say that this small act immediately boosts your ability to enjoy the session.
5. Practice with Music
Music is not only a great mode of entertainment but also an effective way to revitalize yourself. So, you may want to balance out the yoga poses (while focusing on the physical aspect) with some upbeat tunes. Yoga professionals or experts too prefer to mix their meditative practices with soft acoustic tunes as they energize the mind effectively. In this context, picking the right music to set the mood is very important. The combination of yoga and music undoubtedly adds to the fun.
6. Learn Under Proper Guidance
Yoga is a holistic practice and requires proper guidance. So, it is wise to evaluate your practice sessions. If you feel something is missing and find the sessions boring, consult a teacher. Every teacher is unique and so is their teaching technique. Remember, a good teacher not only focuses on your physical flexibility but also helps balances the wellness of your mind. To bring a new dimension to your practice, you may also consider private yoga lessons. Whether you are a beginner or want to experience a lasting peace of mind, having a professional yoga teacher to walk you through can greatly ease the process.
7. Keep A Record of Your Journey
Try the method of journaling. It makes your holistic journey fun and motivating. Wondering how to go about it? Start taking pictures and videos of your yoga practices. It will help to keep track of your progress. Yoga journaling is an effective technique that keeps you focused and pushes you to reach your yoga goals.
8. Attend Yoga Workshops
You might consider researching on any yoga or meditation workshops being conducted near you. Choose one that suits you best and attend it. Workshops and conferences are events that connect like-minded individuals and help to spike participants’ interest and motivation. These are great retreats for yoga enthusiasts who want to explore the different tricks and techniques of mindfulness practices. Make sure you carry a notebook along so that you can refer to the relevant points when you get back home. Engaging in yoga with fellow students can make it greatly enjoyable.
9. Get Comfortable
No matter what you do, it is important to feel comfortable. The practice of mindfulness is not truly fulfilling without being comfortable. So, if you feel uneasy with the crossed-leg Lotus position, talk to your teacher and try some other comfortable position. Choose yoga close that not only look good but are also super comfy.
Remember, meditation and yoga is meant to calm your senses. And the only way to make this happen and make yoga more fun is to feel at ease and comfort.
The practices of yoga and meditation are great healthy habits that you can develop with time. Consistency is the key to such practices. However, at times you may need some external factor to create a positive difference and make the entire process more enjoyable. Consider following the methods above to boost your zest in yoga.
Check out our favorite yoga poses to practice with your kids for some extra fun!