6. Have a yoga ritual
If you head out the studio with your mat under your arm and a Starbucks in your hand, you might be derailing the benefits you get from yoga. Skip the caffeine and create a new routine. For example:
• “I take a hot shower and wear a light essential oil before practice and I drink a hot green tea after practice” says Shaw.
• “Afterwards I love to meditate and visualize expansion of heart and mind, as well as integrate the practice with savasana,” says Dashama.
• “I always meditate in the morning, then I usually practice an hour or so after,” says Cruikshank. “Meditation prepares my mind for the day and my body takes a little bit to catch up. I’ve learned to appreciate my time on the mat and to use it to hopefully make me a more productive and a more compassionate person off my mat both to others and to myself.”