How to make yoga a part of your daily routine.

In the last few months since returning from furlough, I’ve fallen away from the mat. My daily routine has become anything but a routine!

Has yoga fallen out of your daily routine? Are you in need of a gentle push towards the mat? Me too, honey.

In the last few months since returning from furlough, I’ve fallen away from the mat. My daily routine has become anything but a routine! Consequently, I haven’t had a proper yoga session in months. Yes! You read correctly, months! While I still stretch and practice my breathing, I haven’t had the energy or patience to carry out a twenty-minute practice. 

“In the beginning, yoga gave me respite from the world. But now, it feels like a chore.

With all the extra time at home last year, I was enjoying longer practices. But it soon became monotonous. Like many things post-COVID, it felt like every day was exactly the same. Instead of maintaining healthy habits, I soon took to binge-watching Netflix and watching the clock tick by. And, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that. But too much of a good thing is always detrimental, and my relaxation soon became self-soothing.

While I’ve been trying to work yoga back into my regular routine, it’s not exactly easy. If you’re like me and work irregular days of the week, then you’ll know how difficult it is to establish a normal routine. Throw freelance work into the mix and it can seem like a monumental task to establish anything close to ‘normal.’ 

But there are things we can do to set aside time every day for yoga or meditation. While it might seem like ‘just one more thing you have to do.’ I assure you that even ten minutes of dedicated mat time will help build your patience and may even free up space in your mind.

Image by Andrea Piacquadio.


5 Simple ways to include yoga in your daily routine.

Leave your mat out. 

The old saying goes that when it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. Equally, when your yoga mat is neatly stored away, it’s easy to forget about our practice. Especially if we’re only starting out or struggling to keep the habit. If you can, it’s best to leave out your mat to remind yourself to practice, even if it’s just for ten minutes. There are many styles and colours to choose from, so pick something that suits the interior of your home for maximum benefit.

Leaving your mat out is great if you practice in the morning, but it’s equally as good if you practice after work. Walking in and seeing your mat out can help remind you to get in an easy ten minutes before dinner.

Create a dedicated space.

There’s nothing worse than trying to relax among the clutter. I find that it’s impossible to settle down for yoga if I’m in a messy space. That’s why I always make sure to keep my yoga area clear from general clutter. I practice in my living room where there’s plenty of room to stretch out, and things are easily maneuvered to allow for extra movement. I don’t have a designated space with chakra candles and incense burning. But I make do with what I do have by ensuring it’s mostly clutter-free and ready for practice when the time comes.

Follow YouTube creators or online classes with ready-made material. 

There’s nothing wrong with needing a little extra motivation. I find it almost impossible to practice alone, that’s why I always follow Yoga with Adriene. Not only does she provide excellent guidance on the various asanas, but she’s also encouraging. The best thing about using Youtube? It’s completely free!

If you still find that you need help, there are plenty of online classes available for a fee. In the absence of open spaces, there are zoom classes available. Search your local area or even join in long distance.

Are you a complete beginner? Here are some of the best poses to get you started with yoga from The Sporting Blog.

Image by Mikhail Nilov.

Wear yoga-friendly pyjamas or house gear. 

If yoga in the morning is your thing, make sure you wear yoga friendly PJs to bed. But if, like me, you have to practice at varying times, it’s best to wear comfy, flowing clothing around the house. Why? Being appropriately dressed for yoga means you’re more likely to take it to the mat. Sometimes the act of getting changed into gym leggings and a loose top can put us off exercising. But with home yoga we don’t need to get dressed up or travel. We can simply escape to the mat in our designated area, no fuss, low effort.

Even 10 minutes is better than nothing.

A ten minute meditation session or a quick stretch is better than nothing at all. Do you have a spare minute before bed? Instead of screen time, why not try some slow paced yoga?


I’d love to hear some of your suggestions on how you can easily add yoga, or any exercise, to your daily routine. I know we’ve all go very different time frames and routines. But maybe there’s some simple way you know of that could make self-care, yoga and meditation more inclusive and important.

Also be sure to check out my other articles on yoga.

Yoga into daily routine

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  2. I use all of these to help me workout generally but that includes yoga. I do yoga once a week amongst other ab and cardio workouts. Ideally I’ll move to twice a week at some point but I’m focusing more on cardio and HIIT at the moment. I do find having my yoga mat out and clothes I can practise in are so helpful. I also have a youtube channel for yoga that I love. So I chop and change which routines to follow so I don’t get bored

  3. I’ve been incorporating yoga into my workouts since February this year. So far loving the practice even if it’s just a 10min. Practice. I also just practice in our living room and turn to Youtube for free Yoga. I follow Yoga with Kassandra. She’s also very encouraging. Will check out Yoga with Adrienne too! Thanks for that tip!

  4. I need to learn to meditate and find peace within myself. Keeping my sanity intact in these times is extremely diifcult for me. I hope I can start soon and keep my mental health (and physical health) in good shape.

  5. Thank you for these tips. I’d want to incorporate meditation in my daily routine and I think yoga could be a better start.

  6. Love this so much. I am currently pregnant so I have been trying to incorporate a good exercise routine to fit into my daily schedule and just have not found the way to do it. These are good tips and will definitely follow!

  7. Last year since the pandemic, I decided to make sure I have time for some health and wellness. Yoga is part of it and I must say you were able to give the best information and suggestions. Indeed a great read especially for those who really want to start their yoga journey.

  8. any movement routine that is monotonous can make me bored very easily as well. I wish however, I had enough space in the home to make a dedicated space for a yoga practice. Blessings

  9. Definitely good tips! My hardest barrier for having a fit body to me now is turning exercise (for e.g: gym, yoga, …) a daily routine. Your post does really help me with the ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Yoga is perfect for meditation I’ve tried this before but I stopped because I’m starting to go work but great tips from you!

  11. I think everyone should give a daily dose of yoga a try. I practice it every day, and it really keeps me feeling great.

  12. I started to practice yoga about 15 years ago. Last 5 years I was kinda lazy. I like your yoga routine tips, definitely I need some inspiration from youtube and my mat in the corner of the bedroom. Thank you!

  13. Thanks for sharing with us. It is very useful information for everybody who wants to start yoga.

  14. I remember having a small book as my guide. I read it religiously and I liked that yoga goes beyond physical fitness, it’s more of a discipline to calm the mind. A good state of mind translates to a healthy physique.

  15. I’ve never tried Yoga yet because of how busy I am but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Those are some great points to keep in mind and thanks for the share.

  16. I used to do Yoga very often and it did me so good – not only my body, also my soul. Now I’m too busy – and when I’m not busy, I’m lazy. I think I should go to a retreat where I can concentrate exclusively on yoga.

  17. I used to practice yoga on a daily basis when I was living alone. It brought a lot of physical and mental benefits to me. I could feel my body getting stronger and my mind was often clear. I hope to practice it again, I just need to motivate myself.

  18. I definitely need to get back to adding yoga into my daily routine. We had an instructor come to our office twice a week and it was the best!! I can totally feel a difference in my mental and physical health without it.

  19. This is something I have always wanted to try doing but never found the time to start. I have read about all the benefits of practicing yoga and I hope that sometime in the next few months, I can start.

  20. Love the 10 minutes is better then nothing idea, not even just yoga, but any kind of exercise or studying. It adds up!

  21. Awesome tips, especially the 10 minutes one. You are so right, anything is better than nothing at all. Great post.

  22. Yoga is such an amazing way to keep centered and keep in shape. I do it every day. It’s a light version of yoga, but it feels so good.

  23. Hhhhmmm…”Even 10 minutes is better than nothing”! I highly agree to this. I try it now, every day and week and the muscles are feeling lighter!

  24. This could help me get back into the habit of doing my yoga practice. My schedule is random so it’s difficult to get this organized. But I have started doing my sun salutations every morning. I guess that is a start…

  25. Thanks for these tips. I’ve been wanting to make yoga a part of my daily life, but I wasn’t sure how to fit it in there. This is great!

  26. I’m trying to include yoga more in my daily routine, really helps with keeping my body relaxed from working on the computer. My favorite Yoga YouTuber is Boho Beautiful, she always has short easy videos to follow when you need a quick fix.

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com/

  27. Creating a dedicated space for yoga practice and meditation is so important! And 10 minutes a day could make a huge different over time 🙂

  28. I am so lazy and busy lady! cannot manage any proper time to do yoga but gained lot weight in a month.Is there any 15mins yoga tips for me?

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