Not to be confused with the popular publication of the same name, a yoga journal is one of the most effective ways to improve your practice while also serving as a personalized resource. A written record of your yoga journey can document how far you have come and what you still want to accomplish, as well as various tools that can help you get there. Here are some ideas about ways to use a yoga notebook.
Yoga Practice Logbook
A record of your at-home yoga practice is a fun and informative way to keep track of how much time you are devoting to yoga. If you have some specific practice goals, it will help to keep you on track. Make note of milestones and particular accomplishments.
You will get the most value out of a yoga log if you also write down the sequences you practice. It takes less time than you think; you will soon develop your own shorthand and abbreviations for the poses. Whether or not you list every pose, at least note your focus for the day, such as standing poses, backbends or hip flexibility. It will help you see whether you are balancing your overall practice or spending too much time on one thing.
Document Classes and Workshops
Did you just get home from a particularly enjoyable yoga class? See if you can write down the sequence and repeat the experience in your next practice session. With a little practice, you will get better at remembering sequences. In addition to making lists of fun classes, list the poses that helped you work on a particular aspect of yoga or an asana that you find difficult.
Articles, Interviews, Quotes and More
There are many things that can inspire you in yoga. Put some of them in your journal. It may be a quote you saw or an article you read about someone else and how yoga affects their life. If something that encourages you can be cut and pasted, find a place for it in your yoga diary.
Specific information and resources should also go in your book. A particular anatomy article or a sequence to prepare you for inversions, for example, is the type of thing you come across and plan to remember, but cannot find when you want it. All of these things can be useful to your yoga efforts, but they are of little value if you don’t know where they are.
Digital Files or Hard Copies
You can use either method or both to make your yoga resource book. There may be an actual notebook where you write down daily practice notes and a computer folder where you have links and digital files. There are also online tools for journaling. Use whatever is most convenient and useful for you.
Most importantly, take time now and then to look back through your journal. You may be surprised by how far yoga has taken you and how much it has become part of your life.