When I first started keeping a yoga journal I didn’t really have any specific goals in mind. I just wanted to track my practice, but I found journaling allows me to connect deeper with my practice.
Writing down details about my practice held me accountable, but also forced me to examine my practice in a way I might not have otherwise. I have a stronger awareness of my yoga and how it has progressed over the years.
Keeping a journal has mental health benefits. It gets your creative juices flowing and can give you an outlet you might not otherwise have. Are you feeling frustrated with your yoga practice? Write it down. Are you feeling joyful about your yoga practice? Write it down. Don’t keep those feelings bottled up. That won’t serve anybody, especially yourself.
How to keep a yoga journal
1. Find a blank book you enjoy writing in.
For me, this was the hardest part. I’m particular about those sorts of things. I happened to have a blank book lying around that I bought…oh, 7 years ago, so I used that instead of going out and buying a new one.
2. Find a pen you enjoy writing with.
I hate writing with regular ball point pens. I like gel pens or fountain pens. Right now I’m particularly in love with the recycled pentel pen. It writes smoothly, and I love that it’s made from recycled water bottles.
3. Make a commitment to log your practice.
I get out my journal and write down every time I yoga. I do 3 warriors while waiting for the tea kettle, I write it down. Without the commitment, you’ll stop journaling.
What to write about
Each of my journal entries includes the following information.
- Date and time of practice
- Practice details: Did I go to a class? Did I do a home practice? Did I supplement my home practice with a yoga video? What style of class was it? How long did I practice? Who was the teacher?
- How did I feel before practice?
- What asanas did I have difficulty with?
- What asanas did I finally conquer?
- What do I want to work on next time?
- How do I feel after practice?
I like to get creative with my journaling. My pages are covered with yoga inspired doodles that help tell the story of my practice more than just words.
If you want to get started yoga journaling, I encourage it! To help you out, I put together a free download that will get you started journaling. You can print as many of these as you want.
So what do you think? Are you going to start a yoga journal? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments.