At Vesselify School of Yoga, we are big fans of keeping a practice journal to track your personal progress. Why?
- Journaling is a great way to see your progress over time
- It will help support your dedication to a regular practice that you can then pass along to your students
- Looking back on your practice journals can keep you inspired in your own practice and teaching
Your practice journal can be as simple as having a notebook that lives next to your mat. After each practice, jot some notes down that you can refer back to. Here are some areas of contemplation to prompt your journaling:
Set an intention for your practice. After your practice, reflect on how the practice did or did not help you fulfill that intention.
What were your thoughts during this practice? Were you focused? Distracted? Did you have lots of random thoughts, or were you thinking about one thing primarily? Reflect on how the practice may have changed your mental state.
How did you feel before your practice? How do you feel now after the practice? Did your feelings shift? Were you trying to shift your emotional state, or honoring the emotions that were present? Did you notice anything new feeling states during the practice?
If you took a class guided by another teacher, were there any alignment instructions that resonated with you? Did you learn something new? Or confirm the helpfulness of an instruction you’ve heard before?
Did you notice any asymmetrical differences between your right and left sides? E.g. stronger or weaker, more open or tighter? Did you notice any subtle shifts in your muscles during certain asanas?
How was your breath during your practice? E.g. deep or shallow, easy or challenging, longer inhales or exhales. Did you notice if your breath helped with any challenging moments during your practice?
Reflect on your energy levels. How did you feel at the beginning of practice vs the end? If you were in a group practice, how were the energy levels in the room?
Breakthroughs and Process
Did you have any aha moments, clear insights, or achievements? Celebrate them!