As a yoga teacher and studio owner, I see a continuous pattern of yoga resolutions being set each January but more often than not they are given up on before the end of the month. There’s usually an initial flurry of activity until the trigger event – a missed class or an unintended glass of wine, soon followed by a descent into free fall where the ‘failure’ is compounded with further falls from grace. Then ‘what’s the point anyway’ shows up to the party and we end up in behavioural patterns that are actually worse than when we started.

I have put together a list of my top tips to keep you on track with your yoga resolutions this January and don’t forget if you slip, get back up and try again. You don’t need to feel like it’s the end of your new start but just a hurdle you need to get over, and once you do I guarantee you will feel so much better for it.

Start Small

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Going from nothing to exercising/practicing multiple times a week will generally be unrealistic. Start small, maybe 1 or 2 sessions a week and grow from there. Moving once a week is far better than nothing. Be realistic about what your schedule allows you to do, stick to it and build from there…

Go Gentle

Girl practicing tree pose outside
If you’re out of practice, choose more gentle forms of movement to start with. Don’t go for the strongest possible option just because you feel guilty about those extra mince pies. It will be counter-productive, as you are more likely to feel out of your depth and give up. Once you grow stronger you can move onto the more challenging classes, which will add to your confidence and sense of achievement.


Good vibes only
Make it a date with yourself and put it into your diary the same way as you would put a night out with friends. Make it a firm commitment, it is all too easy to swap a class for a drink with colleagues, but which one will make you feel better the next day?

Treat Yourself

Studio space with plant
Choose a studio or space you enjoy going to, maybe one with a community vibe, where you feel welcome. It may be a bit more expensive, but it’s definitely worth it and it will make you feel like you want to get to class.


Set intentions that feel true to you. Not out of a sense of duty but from a sense of purpose. Doing things just because we need to tick a box in our lives is unlikely to trigger a sense of passion. If you find a place and an activity you truly enjoy doing you are so much more likely to keep it up.

Wishing you the best of luck with your new  intentions!




Erika Shapiro teaches private, group and corporate yoga, as well as workshops and is the founder and director of London based studio yogiyoga. After spending 20 years in the corporate world, Erika decided to make a career change and qualified as a RYT500 Yoga instructor in 2010 with AOCY. Erika believes that we all have the potential to transform both ourselves and our lives, and consequently our relationship with those around us and she thrives from seeing students grow, progress and flourish from the benefits they reap from their yoga practice.

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