- Release expectation. One of the best things about yoga is that there are no goals. I know, this might sound like a crazy concept, but it’s true! There is actually no need to ever have a goal in your yoga practice. You can, if you find it beneficial, but the whole point of yoga is to be aware. Being aware can happen at any level, on any day, during any kind of practice. Being aware and being compassionate with yourself, with no expectations. Allow yourself to release any need to be anything and enjoy your time on your mat.
- Go slow. Going slow is my all-time favourite thing. I actually invite slowness into everything I do because I find it so beneficial. However, it hasn’t always been this way. Years ago, I used to be very impatient. So, I know what great enjoyment and beauty there can be in slowness. Slowness takes out any effort that causes stress. Slowness allows things to happen, rather than trying to make something happen. When you go slow, you can experience a gentle unfolding in your practice.
- Breathe. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it time and time again. But the breath is the most important aspect of a yoga practice. You could literally do zero yoga poses and just breathe, and you’d have done a full practice. Being aware of your breath and breathing with integrity is one of the best things you can do for yourself both on and off the mat.
Incorporate these mindfulness tips and see how your practice can unfold!