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6 Ways to Stretch More Out of your Yoga Practice

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If you’ve been practicing yoga for a while, you already know that yoga is more than just stretching. Yoga offers a transformation that extends far beyond physical changes to your muscles. As you flex, tone, and lengthen, many yogis take on a newfound inner glow that comes from renewed confidence, self-love, and self-respect.

However, as with any workout, you will inevitable hit a plateau with yoga that may make you want to abandon the mat before you reach this point. Here’s a few personal tips that will help you find bliss beyond the purely physical yoga benefits…

1. Start with an Intention

In many yoga classes the instructor may remind you to set an intention before you begin your physical practice. Now setting an intention is very personal for each and every one of us. However, no intention is too small, in fact, it doesn’t have to be complex or even really that deep.

I like the idea of devoting my practice to a personal goal, the letting go of negative emotions, or by reflecting briefly on what I’m grateful for in my life. Let me provide a few examples…if my intention is goal-oriented I may focus on what brought me to the mat (i.e., stress at work) and why I’m here today (i.e., to feel less anxious). If my devotion is letting go of negativity, I may focus on forgiveness (i.e., to my hubby for leaving his socks on the floor again), and if my devotion is gratitude, I may reflect on the people and things that make me happy.

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