For some people, it’s easier to keep a New Year’s Resolution such as going to the gym or starting an exercise regimen when they have a workout buddy. Could this apply to yoga too? Why not? Yoga is a form of exercise too.
According to this article, the first 6 to 8 weeks of an exercise program are the most important for any lifestyle change and experts find that having a partner (“buddy”) provides the right combination of support, accountability and (healthy) competition that helps lead to a successful regimen. The idea is that your buddy should be someone who is significant in your life. Even a small group of friends can be great motivation.
If you are one of those people who says, “I have no time for exercise” and needs extra motivation, maybe the “buddy system” could help you.
Yoga lessons don’t always have to involve attending a studio or classes at the gym if that seems overwhelming. You could try home yoga lessons are more personalized and tailored to your needs. Try having in-home yoga sessions with a friend (or even your spouse), and practicing the asanas you learn together in between sessions. Or try practicing yoga with a few friends and having semi-private classes, alternating houses. This just may be easier for you than going to a gym class or studio, and an easier commitment to keep up.