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Keeping a yoga journal helps you keep track of your progress
You’ve just started doing yoga, you’ve learned a few poses, you know some breathing techniques, and maybe you’re starting to feel like your body is in better shape than it was before.
If you want to keep things that way (and you most likely do), then you should probably consider starting a yoga journal .
This will help you keep track of your progress, physical, mental and spiritual.
What is a Yoga journal?
A yoga journal is basically a class journal. In it, you can keep track of all the yoga exercises you’ve done so far , and the ones you want to do someday. You can take notes on the different postures and types of yoga to help you determine which parts you need to review and improve.
You can write in your journal how each exercise or day made you feel, so you can easily identify which poses or stretches work best for you for a given mood.
If a particular day’s routine makes you feel sore or leaves you unsatisfied, you can quickly look over your journal entries to determine if you need to change anything.
Beyond that, you can even include pre-session preparations and any activities you have done after the session .
Why keep a diary?
Keeping a yoga journal is a great way to stick to the routine you have planned.
It helps you stay consistent and focused on both your short-term and long-term goals. Reading about all the work you’ve put into your body, mind, and spirit can keep you even more motivated to stick with your plan.
There is a certain sense of accomplishment when looking at a diary that is almost devoid of blank pages.
A yoga journal also acts as written evidence of the many benefits of yoga that you have gained throughout all the sessions.
A journal is a great outlet for letting out positive and negative emotions .
The next time you attend your yoga class, think about taking a notebook with you and writing down your experiences, thoughts and reflections at the end of the session, or if you don’t feel like taking notes there, when you get home, do a memory exercise and remember and write down every asana in the session, every feeling, any idea or thought that comes to you.
Just like your old school notebook helped you, your yoga journal will also keep you on track to being the person you want to be.