How to Develop a Regular Yoga and Meditation Practice With Minimal Time and Cost
written by: Sheila Johnson
Do you love that feeling after yoga or meditation but struggle with fitting these practices into your budget and schedule? Time and expense can be two of the most common challenges people face when attempting to create a regular yoga and meditation practice. What you need to know is that reaping the body- and mind-boosting benefits of these ancient wellness activities doesn’t require a lot of time or money. You just need to commit to these self-care habits every day, and these budget-savvy and time-hacking tips can help you do just that.
Skip Pricey Yoga Classes with a Home Practice
Any seasoned yogi will tell you that coming to class is often the most challenging aspect of developing a regular yoga practice. So whether it’s cost or convenience that is keeping you from class, consider shopping at an affordable retailer like Target or Walmart to create a budget-friendly practice space — complete with a brand-new and extremely comfortable yoga mat — in your own home. With store coupons and promo codes, you may even be able to save more on your yoga and meditation supplies.
Once you’ve established a home meditation/yoga space, you can use those extra funds to pick up other yoga props to expand your practice. Blocks, bolsters, and straps can all make poses more accessible, so don’t feel bad about using them, and don’t compare yourself to others who are not using them. What matters most is coming to your mat to practice each day.
Set Yoga and Meditation Reminders with Free Apps
Having some dedicated space in your home can make it more convenient to practice meditation and yoga. If you struggle with finding the time to practice, you may need some extra motivation to step on your mat each day. Free and low-cost apps, like Headspace, Calm, and 10% Happier, give you the option of setting daily mindfulness reminders and these apps also track your meditation sessions to help you reach your monthly meditation goals.
To get the most use out of these wellness apps, you will need a phone with updated capabilities. With a powerful new device in your hand, you can download those meditation and yoga apps to help create your at-home relaxation routines. If your current smartphone isn’t up to the task, check in to see if your wireless provider is offering cell phone deals. Some carriers allow you to upgrade your phone for a reduced price if you trade in your older-model device.
Start With Short Sessions to Create Regular Habits
If time still feels like a major barrier to your meditation and yoga practice, you should know that the duration of your practice is rarely as important as the frequency. So, if it will help you to make these wellness routines a daily habit, start with smaller sessions of each. For instance, you can find five-minute meditations online, or by using the free meditation apps mentioned above. Meditating for a few minutes each day can have some of the same calming benefits as longer sessions and it’s easy for most folks to find an extra five minutes in their schedule. You can meditate during your lunch break or make it a part of your morning routine. If you can find another seven minutes to spare, you can also fit some health-boosting yoga into your daily routine as well. Try this morning yoga practice to give yourself a refreshing energy boost, sans caffeine, which can save you some valuable time without adding any expense to your budget.
It’s important to fit mindful practices, like yoga and meditation, into your daily routine. Doing so can help you thrive, and it doesn’t have to put a strain on your schedule or budget. Just commit to a few minutes each day and use the tips above to save money on your wellness needs.