Check out this interesting article from the New York Times on September 6, 2007, discussing some of the current trends in yogi practice habits. The article states:
Haphazard yogis are the norm nationwide: 25.7 percent practice once a week compared with the 8.7 percent who practice more than five times a week, according to a 2005 survey of 4,700 people conducted by Yoga Journal and Harris Interactive.
While most of us would like to think that we practice more than we do, “haphazard yogis” is probably an apt description for many of us. If there was one other thing I got out of the article it was a reminder that it’s probably time to begin another 30 day home practice challenge. If only the 30 day challenge was as simple as this picture implies:
I found your blog post interesting. I used to be a haphazard yogi (once a week min) until I went on a 2 week yoga vacation and realised the benefits to my physical and mental well-being when I was practicing daily.
My technique for keeping motivated is to practice 5 times a week, and not consider it a CHOICE whether I do it or not, but to just do it! I think this attitude is helping, so come rain, hail or high water, whatever my mood, I practice. Yoga is not about instant gratification; I’m beginning to learn that it is about steadfastness, as is my meditation practice.
I also like the idea in the article about purposefully practicing postures I find more challenging. I will bear this in mind!
Nice post,but as I was reading the article I was getting a very western anti yoga feeling which was clinched when I got to this statement”..most yoga doesn’t encompass thefour parameters necessary fo ttal fitess: aerobics, flexibility, uscula strength and muscular endurance” HELLO!!! It’s pretty obvious that this person has never been on a yoga mat.
Love your blog Thanks!!
Hi everybody! Nice post, yoga helps to be relaxed in this crazy world. I posted something about too http://money1000000.blogspot.com/2007/08/top-7-yoga-postures-that-let-you-become.html
Thank you for reminding me to do a 30-day challenge. I have been off-and-on yogi for 30 years or so, and while I KNOW in my head, heart, body, and soul that it’s what I need, I have not been able to reestablish practice.