~by Jennifer Scott
Whether improving your practice is part of your New Year's resolutions or you've reached a plateau, there are always ways to step up your yoga game. Let's look at three easy ideas to incorporate into your practice, as well as some tech aids that can help you reach that next level.
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Leave Your Comfort Zone
It's easy to stick to the familiar — the poses we know we can do, the classes we're comfortable in, maybe even the same corner in the back where we feel like nobody can see us. To keep progressing, though, you have to be willing to leave your comfort zone. When it comes to yoga, there are always new horizons to explore. To expand your practice, you can find a new studio near you that offers a different style of yoga than you're used to, or you can choose to introduce some props to your practice to help you begin working on new and more advanced poses.
Set an Intention or Goal
We all know the importance of setting goals for success, whether in our work, hobbies, or even relationships. Bring that approach to yoga by setting goals for your practice. From working up to a particular pose, to simply getting on your mat every day, there are appropriate goals for every level and style of yoga — and don't overlook the benefits of setting small daily goals, in addition to the longer-term ones.
Once you've decided on your goals, use tech to help achieve them. There are a myriad of great goal-setting and habit-tracking apps on the market, for both iOS and Android. Try an app like Coach.Me with its motivating community, or something simple like Streaks which focuses on building your most important habits. Whatever apps you choose, it’s important that your phone has capability to run these. Look for seasonal sales and offers on a new model if your current phone is outdated.