How To Get The Most Out Of Your Yoga Membership

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For many of us, the month of September means adapting to a new schedule filled with work, school, and responsibilities. The 40-hour grind paired with school or social outings can be overwhelming and the bliss of a carefree summer starts to fade in the rearview mirror of life. When our schedules change and life gets busy, it’s easy to lose touch with routines that we’ve established around our mental and physical beings.

Make the Most Out Of Membership

In a time of chaos and change, losing that sacred hour of practice can make adapting even harder. That’s why we’ve put together a few of our favorite ways to get the most out of your yoga membership, even when working full time or going back to school.

Use The Buddy System

There’s nothing better than making a commitment with a friend to attend classes together. It’s much harder to hold yourself accountable, but when we establish this accountability with someone else our chances of attending class dramatically increase. Besides the fact that bailing on a friend doesn’t feel good, going to class with a buddy is fun! Make a date out of it and grab a tea or walk the Ocean Beach Farmers Market afterward and get some grocery shopping done. Social hour, self-care, and grocery shopping? Look at how efficient you are!

Keep An Extra Pair of Clothes In Your Car

Has your excuse ever been: “I won’t have time to run home and change before the 5:30 class starts!” Yep, we’re guilty of that one. If you hit traffic in the school parking lot or your boss asks you for a favor at 4:45pm, making it to your favorite Vinyasa 1 or Hot Hatha can seem out of reach if you’re not prepared. That’s why we recommend always keeping an extra pair of yoga pants, a sports bra, or workout apparel in your car for those days when life hits you at the last minute.

In the morning before you head out or the night before when you’re getting ready for the day ahead, pull out all your yoga necessities and put it by your bag; it’s a simple but effective way to stay motivated and ready for class. Plus, if you have an opening in your schedule, you’re always ready to drop into your downward dog. Just remember to wipe down your mat and take out any sweat-drenched clothes to avoid a smelly car…it can get stinky!

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is a great way to look at your week as a whole and figure out opportunities to drop into a class. Managing your time efficiently will not only uncover areas of free time, but also give you peace of mind that you won’t miss any important appointments, coffee dates, or deadlines. By mapping out your week, you are setting on the right course to achieving your goals. Whether that be showing up to your mat or getting a project done, you’re becoming more proactive in your day-to-day.

We all have different reasons for coming to our mat, but there’s a mutual consensus that it helps to keep us grounded, in shape, and connected to our mind and body. Making the most out of your membership doesn’t have to be difficult and by using different tactics like planning ahead, packing your car with clothes, and practicing with a friend you can rest easy knowing your next savasana is right around the corner.

This blog post was originally written for Indie Yoga in Ocean Beach and can be found here.