A yoga journal can bring a depth of awareness that will enrich your yoga experience and enhance every aspect of your life.

Journaling you can bring a depth of awareness that will enrich your yoga experience and enhance every aspect of your life. Click through to download Yoga Off the Mat, a yoga journal to deepen and inspire your practice. #yoga #yogaquote #yogajournal #wellness #yogainspiration

When I teach Yoga 101 workshops, during Yoga & Self Care Retreats and private sessions I design a unique yoga journal for each student as a tool to begin or deepen a yoga experience. Taking a moment after your practice to put ideas and revelations that arise in writing can be essential personal growth and the growth of your practice.

You can experience a greater sense of well-being and personal growth with journaling. Try these tips and ideas to help you get started.

How to make yoga journaling a habit?

  • Make yourself a priority! Give yourself a little extra time after your practice to journal. And, yes, you’re worth it.
  • Choose a journal that fits your personality. Here are some ideas: commercial journals, notebook, blog, text document on your computer or a simple piece of paper.
  • Don’t worry about the fact it’s not the beginning of the year, a new month or a new day. Start today.
  • Keep your journal easily accessible close by your yoga mat. Make journaling a regular part of your yoga practice.
  • Even with regular journaling everyone experiences writer’s block. Keep a list of journaling prompts close by to jumpstart your creativity and ideas.
  • Your journaling does not have to be prolific or profound. Focus on the content of your words, not how they’re written.
  • Do not edit. It’s unnecessarily time consuming and overthinking can get in the way of what our intuition is telling us.
  • Keep in mind your writing is only for you. Consider where you write and where you keep your journal for privacy.
  • Date each entry.
  • Keep it simple.

Consider including the following in each yoga journal entry:

  1. Date and time of the practice
  2. Practice Details:
    • Who taught the class?
    • Was your practice at home or a studio?
    • What type of yoga?
    • How long?
  3. How did I feel before the practice? Consider physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual feelings.
  4. Which asanas did I have difficulty with?
  5. Which asanas feel stronger and come with more ease?
  6. What do I want to work on next time?
  7. How did I feel after practice? Consider physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual feelings.
  8. Be vulnerable- explore the feelings that arise during or after  your practice
  9. What did I learn? Maybe you tried a new asana, pranayama, or vinyasa sequence. Perhaps you gained a new perspective or insight about yourself.
  10. Strengthen mindfulness– take time to stop and truly enjoy the moment. Document the details of thoughts and feelings that you experienced during your practice.
  11. Yoga off the mat–  contemplate how you can take what you’ve learned from your practice and apply it to day-to-day life.
  12. How has my practice changed, grown or deepened? This could relate to knowledge, asanas, self-understanding, goals, etc.

More ideas for your yoga journal:

Track your accomplishments.

Write down anything you noticed about your breath (i.e. was it smooth and even, easily connected to movement, labored, etc.)

Explore/process your emotions.

Explore specific about how your body felt during the practice.

Identify new goals

Journaling you can bring a depth of awareness that will enrich your yoga experience and enhance every aspect of your life. Click through to download Yoga Off the Mat, a yoga journal to deepen and inspire your practice. #yoga #yogaquote #yogajournal #wellness #yogainspiration

Taking notes of your progress as well as keeping track of all your thoughts and ideas as you get better at yoga is extremely helpful, both mentally and physically.

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15 Comments

  1. Ooooh these are great tips for journaling.
    I am yet to develop this habit, though I like yoga and do on almost a regular basis.

  2. I’ve never tried yoga journaling! I loooove yoga though, so I think I’ll give this a go 🙂

  3. Interesting, I wouldn’t have thought about creating a journal of my exercise. It would help to keep track of what you do since life can get really crazy.

  4. Oh I love this! What a great way to expand your practice. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  5. I never noticed what my thoughts were during a yoga session. This would be good to evaluate my thought process and my feelings and to actually notice what is coming up for me. I did yoga today and an idea popped in my head that I wrote down. So it’s good timing for this post to appear. So thank you. I will try some of your question promts next time I do my yoga xxx

  6. Oh I so need this, I’ve been trying to incorporate yoga, but I’m still lucky if I can squeak out a 5 minute mediation, let a lone a yoga sequence. This could definitely help!

  7. I truly need this. Have been off and on yoga for many years and keep saying I need to start back. Hope I do soon!

  8. I have never tried yoga or journaling. Maybe I will have to give it a go!

  9. Priyadarshini Rajendran says:

    This is a great idea and also simple enough to follow. I will try to do this for my yoga schedule.

  10. I love the idea of a yoga journal! I also think that writing it down will make me motivated to practice more often. Thank you!

  11. I have never thought about doing this but makes sense. Some days yoga is easier or harder and it would be great info to have

  12. I like the idea of journaling. I think for those that practice yoga, journaling about their experiences will help them to grow in their yoga experiences.

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