How to Write a Yogi's Diary and Why You Should Start Doing It
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We love yoga, as it is a beautiful practice that helps to relax, improve health, and fine-tune the mind and body. Chances are you’ve been practicing yoga for some time, but have you started your own yoga diary, or a journal?
Yes, you read that right. A yoga diary can be an excellent tool to document your journey and development and help you to get more out of your yoga practice. Even though you may not love to write, it is worth investing several minutes after a yoga session to jot down your observations and feelings.
If you still have doubts about why you should write a yoga journal, read on. You’re about to learn something truly great about the benefits of this practice.
What Should You Know Before You Begin Writing a Diary
- There is no right way to write a journal.
A yoga diary is your personal narrative that no one will ever read and evaluate. This is your story. Your practice. Your path to success.
- Allow yourself to be vulnerable.
If the practice was unsuccessful or you’re feeling exhausted by the end of the session, don’t be afraid to write that down. Perhaps, weeks later, you’ll look at those entries and realize how strong you are because you overcame them.
- Don’t give up.
There will be times when you won’t feel like writing. Don’t stop, writing should become a habit! Besides, it is perfectly okay to spend just a few minutes for writing, which shouldn’t be too hard.
What to Write in a Yoga Diary
Here are some ideas to write about (remember not to judge, just notice and describe your experience and progress)
- Emotional awareness
Write about how you felt at the start of the session, during the session, and after the session. Did you feel differently after doing yoga? What emotions did you experience?
- Mental awareness
Did you worry about something while practicing? Were you able to calm your mind? Did you meditate? How did you do it?
- Breath awareness
We all know how important breathing is to the success of yoga practice. So, describe your breathing patterns (shallow, deep, etc.) and take notice of moments where breathing helped you to calm your body.
- Muscular-skeletal awareness
How are your muscles today? Did they feel stronger (or weaker) while you were standing in the Tree Pose?
- Energy awareness
How energized you felt on the mat? Did you notice something different from the previous days? What could be the explanation?
- Your accomplishments and results
At the end of the session, think for a minute how it helped you to achieve something, such as improving your breathing. Write down whatever you feel good and proud about because it’ll keep you motivated and encouraged.
- Your goals
A yoga diary is a perfect tool to track your progress and plan ahead. You see what you have already accomplished, identify the areas that you need to improve and set new goals.
- Your failures
Was there something that your yoga instructor can help you do better next time? If you’re already a certified yoga teacher, is there something you would like to tell your students to help them improve their practice? If there was, write it down in your diary. And remember, no judging!
Benefits of Keeping a Yoga Diary
- Awareness. Writing in the journal is a powerful way to pursue dharana in life. It creates and increases self-awareness, as you can reflect on the past and plan ahead. Besides, keeping a diary helps you understand your strengths and weaknesses.
- Trust. With a strong self-awareness, comes trust. Writing is a non-judgmental activity, so you have all the freedom and confidence.
- Gratitude. Writing after yoga sessions facilitates gratitude for the practice and yourself. As you continue to document your journey, you come to appreciate it even more, regardless of the progress at that point.
- Health. It is a known fact that writing helps to improve health; for example, it reduces stress, as writing about anger helps to release the intensity of this feeling.
Writing in a diary doesn’t have to be fancy, but it sure has some powerful potential in increasing focus and helping to reflect on progress, encourage you to do more, and appreciate the journey.
Want to bring what you’ve learned from your diary to another level? Become a Kundalini Yoga teacher and share your knowledge with your students!
Nancy is a guest author from AWriter.