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Back to school, back on the mat

By Katherine Huynh

As a mom and business owner, I quite frankly, could not wait for school to start. I love having both worlds – flexibility of being there for my kids and setting my schedule at the studio. However, I’m a creature of habit, and I function best with a structure. When summer rolls around, I have more time with my kids, but it also puts me off my routine. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I crave structure. One thing I typically drop the ball on is me because I put everyone else first. After some time I feel less energized and more stressed. Now that the kids are back in school, I am getting back into my routine. I’m sure life has gotten in the way at some point of your health and sanity. Here are tips to help you get back on the mat:


  • Don’t think, just do. I can talk myself out of almost anything. I find it most helpful if I schedule my day the night before, put it in my Google calendar and set an alert. Without thinking about it, I go through the motions. For example, if I have a yoga class scheduled and I start talking myself out of it, I take action. I walk myself to the car, drive to the studio, avoid checking my phone and get on my mat.
  • Set a schedule. Plan out your days ahead and schedule yourself for yoga classes. Treat the class like you would a doctor’s appointment. View this time as an appointment with yourself to improve your health and well-being which is kind of like a doctor’s appointment.
  • Buddy system. Recruit a friend to go to class with you. Having a support system is great in many aspects. You can keep one another accountable knowing you’re doing something healthy for your body, mind, and spirit. Along the same lines, you could also put it out there to a friend or social media that you’re going to yoga. This can help you stay accountable too.
  • Visualize the bigger picture. I can go down a rabbit hole of thoughts about what I think I should be doing to avoid yoga. For example, laundry, going to Target, or feeling guilty I’m away from my family. The laundry and Target can wait (there’s always more to do and buy, lol), and I need to let go of feeling guilty about doing something good for myself. Set an intention like we do in class and view this in mind as you navigate your way back on the mat. I always feel better after a yoga class. So, get out of your way and see the bigger picture.

I hope these tips will help you set time in your life to get back on the mat and increase your health and well-being. ~Namaste

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