By : Sheila Johnson of www.wellsheila.net

If you deal with chronic pain, yoga can make a significant difference in your daily life. Most notably, it can strengthen your mental health, reduce inflammation, and increase flexibility. 

But if you’ve been practicing yoga for some time now, you already know this. 

Now, you feel like it’s time to step your game up a little bit. Perhaps you’re ready to go up a level in your classes or simply want to get more from your practice at home. Either way, there are many ways that you can accomplish this. Hope for Pain revolves around helping and supporting people with chronic pain, which is why we’ve listed five tips for progressing your yoga practice.

Get a Great Instructor

If you’ve never taken a yoga class in person before, now could be a great time to try it. Practicing under a well-trained instructor can do wonders for your practice. And if the instructor has a way of making classes enjoyable, then it can cause you to look forward to the experience and help you stay consistent. When looking for the right instructor, ask people you know and trust for recommendations. Of course, be sure to check the qualifications of each instructor you consider. And don’t be afraid to try several different instructors; sometimes, it takes a little while to find an instructor you can connect with. 

Establish Goals

Setting new goals is one of the most practical ways to step your yoga game up. Consider the primary principles of yoga, and take small, actionable steps to improve your practice.

For example, set aside 10 minutes a day for mindfulness meditation to improve your ability to focus on the present. Start each morning by doing a breathing exercise for five minutes that can help your energy connect with your body. And revisit your diet; avoiding highly-processed foods and loading up on fruits and vegetables can make a big difference in your yoga routine. 

The easiest way to keep track of your goals is to use an app on your smartphone. There are various apps on the market that can help you set and achieve weekly and monthly goals for your yoga practice. Do your research, and try out a few different apps until you find the right one. 

Keep Your Living Space Clean 

Your environment can play a significant role in the effectiveness of your yoga routine, especially when practicing at home. Take time to clear out bad energy by decluttering, deep cleaning, and organizing your living space. Getting rid of anything that could block positive energy flow is essential to strengthening your yoga practice. 

Use Good Equipment

There’s a plethora of yoga equipment on the market, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to determine which brands and products to purchase. But the truth is, there are only a few items you really need. Make sure you have comfortable exercise clothes and invest in a quality yoga mat and towel. Then, start building a collection of foam rollers, blocks, straps, cushions, and other yoga props that can enhance your practice. 

Embrace the Unknown

Lastly, don’t fear challenges. Step out of your comfort zone occasionally. Try a different pose that will pinpoint a muscle group you need to work on. Hold your poses for a few seconds longer each week. While you’re at it, explore a different style of yoga. For instance, if you’re getting a little cozy in your Yin practice, give Ashtanga, Hatha, or Hot Yoga a try. 

Taking your yoga practice to the next level doesn’t require any drastic changes. Make sure you have a yoga instructor you connect with, set realistic goals for yourself, and take some time to clean your home. Invest in quality equipment, and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. By implementing these tips, you can get the most out of your yoga practice for your chronic pain and your overall health. 

If you would like to read other helpful content or learn about the many other resources our nonprofit provides for chronic pain sufferers, visit hopeforpain.org today!

5 Simple Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Yoga Practice

If you deal with chronic pain, yoga can make a significant difference in your daily life. Most notably, it can strengthen your mental health, reduce inflammation, and increase flexibility. 

But if you’ve been practicing yoga for some time now, you already know this. 

Now, you feel like it’s time to step your game up a little bit. Perhaps you’re ready to go up a level in your classes or simply want to get more from your practice at home. Either way, there are many ways that you can accomplish this. Hope for Pain revolves around helping and supporting people with chronic pain, which is why we’ve listed five tips for progressing your yoga practice.

Get a Great Instructor

If you’ve never taken a yoga class in person before, now could be a great time to try it. Practicing under a well-trained instructor can do wonders for your practice. And if the instructor has a way of making classes enjoyable, then it can cause you to look forward to the experience and help you stay consistent. When looking for the right instructor, ask people you know and trust for recommendations. Of course, be sure to check the qualifications of each instructor you consider. And don’t be afraid to try several different instructors; sometimes, it takes a little while to find an instructor you can connect with. 

Establish Goals

Setting new goals is one of the most practical ways to step your yoga game up. Consider the primary principles of yoga, and take small, actionable steps to improve your practice.

For example, set aside 10 minutes a day for mindfulness meditation to improve your ability to focus on the present. Start each morning by doing a breathing exercise for five minutes that can help your energy connect with your body. And revisit your diet; avoiding highly-processed foods and loading up on fruits and vegetables can make a big difference in your yoga routine. 

The easiest way to keep track of your goals is to use an app on your smartphone. There are various apps on the market that can help you set and achieve weekly and monthly goals for your yoga practice. Do your research, and try out a few different apps until you find the right one. 

Keep Your Living Space Clean 

Your environment can play a significant role in the effectiveness of your yoga routine, especially when practicing at home. Take time to clear out bad energy by decluttering, deep cleaning, and organizing your living space. Getting rid of anything that could block positive energy flow is essential to strengthening your yoga practice. 

Use Good Equipment

There’s a plethora of yoga equipment on the market, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to determine which brands and products to purchase. But the truth is, there are only a few items you really need. Make sure you have comfortable exercise clothes and invest in a quality yoga mat and towel. Then, start building a collection of foam rollers, blocks, straps, cushions, and other yoga props that can enhance your practice. 

Embrace the Unknown

Lastly, don’t fear challenges. Step out of your comfort zone occasionally. Try a different pose that will pinpoint a muscle group you need to work on. Hold your poses for a few seconds longer each week. While you’re at it, explore a different style of yoga. For instance, if you’re getting a little cozy in your Yin practice, give Ashtanga, Hatha, or Hot Yoga a try. 

Taking your yoga practice to the next level doesn’t require any drastic changes. Make sure you have a yoga instructor you connect with, set realistic goals for yourself, and take some time to clean your home. Invest in quality equipment, and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. By implementing these tips, you can get the most out of your yoga practice for your chronic pain and your overall health. 

If you would like to read other helpful content or learn about the many other resources our nonprofit provides for chronic pain sufferers, visit hopeforpain.org today!