Hey there, fellow yogis! You know, I've been thinking a lot lately about how powerful it is to track my yoga journey such as my exploration of powerful mudras, cork yoga mats, and the infinity breath meditation!
So, today, I want to dive into the world of yoga journaling. We'll explore what to write in a yoga journal from my perspective and experience in hopes it will help you unlock the full potential of your practice and create a personal treasure trove of memories, insights, and yoga sequences.
My goal here is to provide you with inspiration and guidance to make your yoga journal a vibrant, ever-evolving reflection of your unique path. So, grab your favorite journal (or maybe pick up one of my Inner Hero Journals from Asivana), and let's embark on this incredible adventure together!.
Recording Yoga Study and Yoga Workshop Notes
Now, let's talk about something I'm incredibly passionate about – learning and growing through yoga workshops and study.
Attending workshops and delving into yoga texts is an incredible way that I've used to deepen my yoga practice, expand my knowledge, and connect with like-minded souls.
My yoga journal is the perfect place to capture all those precious nuggets of wisdom. Here are some tips that have helped me to make my study and workshop notes truly valuable.
Be an active note-taker
- Jot down key points and ideas during workshops and study sessions
- Don't be shy to ask questions – it's all part of the learning process!
- Use symbols, abbreviations, or even doodles to make your notes more visual and engaging (I'm a huge fan of this one!)
Organize and review notes
- Create a dedicated section in your journal for workshop and study notes
- Use headings, bullet points, and color-coding to make your notes easy to navigate
- Set aside time to review and reflect on your notes – this will help you retain and apply the knowledge you've gained
Connect the dots
- Look for patterns, themes, and connections between different workshops and study materials
- Explore how these insights relate to your personal practice and goals
- Write down any questions or areas you'd like to explore further – this will guide your ongoing learning journey
These are the tips that have worked for me and are part of the inspiration I had to create the Hero's Journey Journal method that has transformed personal yoga practice and helped me to grow as a human being!
Jotting Down Thoughts and Musings
You know, one of the most powerful aspects of the yoga journey is the incredible impact it has made on my inner landscape – my thoughts, emotions, and self-awareness.
Create a dedicated space
- Set aside a section in your journal for your thoughts, reflections, and insights
- Personalize it with inspiring quotes, images, or drawings that resonate with you (get those creative juices flowing!)
Write freely and openly
- Jot down your thoughts as they come, without judgment or self-censorship
- Explore different formats, like free-writing, bullet points, or even poetry – whatever feels right for you
Reflect on your practice
- After each yoga session, take a moment to write down any insights, emotions, or revelations that emerged during your practice
- Consider how your physical practice connects with your emotional and mental state – this can lead to some truly eye-opening discoveries
Make it a habit
- Try to write in your journal regularly, even if it's just a few lines each day
- Remember, consistency is key when it comes to self-discovery and growth
Now, here's a little nugget of wisdom I'd like to share with you: I’m not afraid to go deep when jotting down my thoughts and musings. Embracing vulnerability and honesty, and remembering that my yoga journal is my sacred space for self-reflection and growth.
Discover Your Inner Hero Journal
Meet the Inner Hero's Yoga Journal by Asivana – your partner in chronicling your yoga journey. Crafted with intention, this A5-sized journal features FSC certified sustainable paper and a premium linen cover, reflecting our value of Ahimsa.
Visit our shop page to start your transformative journaling experience. This journal, designed to inspire self-discovery, will not disappoint as you explore your yoga practice on a deeper level.
Documenting Yoga Class Sequences, Flows, and Cues
As a fellow yogi and teacher, I found it of utmost importance to document my yoga class sequences, flows, and cues in my journal. Not only does it help me remember and refine my practice, but it also serves as an invaluable resource for growth and inspiration.
Draw it out
- Sketch out your sequences and flows using stick figures or simple symbols (no need to be a Picasso here!)
- Use arrows or lines to indicate the direction and transitions between poses
Write it down
- List each pose in your sequence, along with any modifications or variations
- Include cues for alignment, breath, and engagement – these are like gold nuggets for refining your practice!
Add some context
- Note the intention or theme of the class (e.g., heart-opening, grounding, or balance)
- Mention any props or modifications used, as well as the style of yoga practiced (e.g., Vinyasa, Hatha, or Yin)
Make it personal
- Reflect on how each sequence or flow made you feel, physically and emotionally
- Jot down any challenges you faced or breakthroughs you experienced (celebrate those small victories!)
Learn from others
- When attending a class or workshop, make a point to note any unique sequences, flows, or cues that resonated with you
- Don't be shy to ask the teacher for clarification or more information – we're all here to learn and grow together!
- Observe a class from your favorite teacher taking the time to record their sequence, cues, phrases, and movements.
A little side note for you: As I documented my yoga journey, I started to see patterns and preferences emerge, which helped me tailor my practice to my unique needs and goals.
Plus, having a collection of sequences, flows, and cues at my fingertips is like having a treasure trove of inspiration whenever I need it – whether I’m in my home practice or designing a class for my students.
Some of my recent notes have resulted in designing yoga sequences and knowledge of how to get rid of tech neck (also known as text neck), how to loosen a tight diaphragm, and even pec minor stretches and what that even is!
Taking Notes During Yoga Teacher Training
Oh, yoga teacher training! It's an unforgettable and transformative journey, isn't it? I’m so glad that as I literally when head first into the world of yoga, that I kept a journal handy, so I didn’t miss a single valuable lesson.
Here are some tips that worked for me during my yoga teacher training that might help you make the most of your yoga teacher training experience.
Organize your thoughts
- Use headings, bullet points, color-tabs, and color-coding to structure your notes, making them easy to review later
- You might want to divide your journal into sections for philosophy, anatomy, teaching methodology, and personal reflections
- Alternatively I’ve more recently been reserving the front two pages for a Table of Contents section for easy searching of my notes.
Capture key concepts
- Jot down essential terms, definitions, and concepts that resonate with you – trust me, they'll be super useful when you start teaching!
- Don't forget to note any Sanskrit terms or translations, as they're the heart and soul of yoga tradition
Embrace your inner student
- Record insights, questions, and ah-ha moments that arise during discussions or lectures
- Keep an open mind and stay curious – that's where the magic happens!
Reflect on your practice
- Document your experiences with different asanas, pranayama, and meditation techniques
- Note any challenges, breakthroughs, or areas for improvement
Record teaching tips and techniques
- Note effective cues, adjustments, or modifications you learn from your teachers
- Pay attention to the art of sequencing, pacing, and theming classes – these are invaluable skills for any yoga teacher
Connect with your fellow trainees
- Exchange thoughts, ideas, and reflections with your peers – they can offer fresh perspectives and valuable insights
- Support each other's growth by sharing your experiences and learnings
As a little bonus tip, I remember that my yoga teacher training was a once-in-a-lifetime experience – so don't forget to document your personal journey, emotions, and connections you make along the way. These memories will be something you might cherish for many years to come. I know I did.
Capturing Yoga Retreat and Festival Experiences
Yoga retreats and festivals – ah, don't you just love 'em? They're like a rejuvenating oasis for the soul, a place where we come together as a community and celebrate our shared love for yoga
And you know what?
My yoga journal has been the perfect tool to capture those powerful moments, so I can carry the experience with me long after it's over. Here's how I document my yoga retreats and festival experiences in my yoga journal.
Record your daily schedule
- Jot down the workshops, classes, and activities you attend each day including the teacher(s) and any key participants
- Don't forget to mention any special events, like sound baths, bonfires, or kirtan sessions (I mean, how can you not love a good kirtan, right?)
Reflect on your experiences
- Write about your thoughts, feelings, and emotions during and after each class or workshop
- Note any breakthroughs, challenges, or epiphanies that arise throughout the retreat or festival
Collect wisdom from teachers
- Note any memorable quotes, teachings, or insights shared by instructors and guest speakers
- Remember, these words of wisdom can be an ongoing source of inspiration when you need a little pick-me-up
Embrace the community spirit
- Write about the connections you make with fellow yogis and share your experiences together
- Capture the essence of the community atmosphere and how it contributes to your overall experience
Explore the surroundings
- Describe the retreat or festival location, including any nature walks, hikes, or outdoor activities you take part in
- Share your impressions of the environment and how it enhances your yoga practice
- Dedicate a section of your journal to expressing gratitude for the retreat or festival experience
- Reflect on the lessons learned, friendships formed, and personal growth achieved during this special time
Add a creative touch
- Include sketches, photos, or mementos from your retreat or festival experience to bring your journal to life
- Let your creativity flow – your journal is a reflection of your unique journey
So, my fellow yogis, whether you're basking in the sun at a tropical retreat on your Flux cork yoga mat or dancing under the stars at a weekend festival, remember a yoga journal is a complimentary companion along the ride.
Tracking Progress and Setting Goals
Alright, my friends, tracking progress and setting goals. My yoga journey has been a beautiful, ever-evolving dance, and keeping track of my growth is an amazing way to stay motivated and inspired. Plus, it helps me recognize and celebrate my achievements, big and small!
Here's what I’ve found to make my progress tracking super effective.
Set clear goals
- Start with SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound)
- Break your goals into short-term and long-term objectives
- Don't forget to include both physical and mental aspects of your practice (strength, flexibility, mindfulness, and so on
Document your progress
- Take photos or videos of your asanas and sequences regularly – you'll be amazed at how far you've come when you look back!
- Measure your progress by noting down improvements in your physical capabilities, mental clarity, or emotional well-being
- Reflect on your experiences and challenges, and identify the lessons you've learned along the way
Celebrate your victories
- Pat yourself on the back when you reach a milestone, whether it's nailing a challenging pose or noticing a positive shift in your mindset
- Share your achievements with your yoga community – we're all here to uplift and support each other
- Remember to stay grateful for the progress you make, even if it seems slow at times (trust me, every little step counts!)
Oh, and here's a little insider tip: I’ve never been afraid to adjust my goals as I grow and evolve in my practice. It's all part of the journey, and there's nothing wrong with recalibrating objectives to align with current needs and aspirations.
Personalizing Your Yoga Journal
Your journal is an extension of you and your yoga journey, so why not make it truly yours? Let me share some creative ways to personalize your yoga journal, specifically our very own Asivana Inner Hero Journal. You'll not only make it unique but also create a space that inspires you to keep writing and exploring your inner hero.
Choose a special cover
- My Inner Hero Journal comes with a premium linen cover that's not only elegant but also sustainable.
Create inspiring dividers or tabs
- Use colored or patterned paper, washi tape, or even dried leaves and flowers to create dividers or tabs for different sections of your journal
- Label each divider or tab with a theme, such as "Gratitude," "Reflections," or "Yoga Sequences"
Embrace your inner artist
- Sketch or doodle throughout your journal to illustrate your thoughts, feelings, or experiences
- You don't have to be Picasso – even simple drawings can add a personal touch and make your journal visually engaging
Experiment with different writing styles
- Mix up your writing style by trying out different fonts, colors, or even writing in cursive
- Use calligraphy or brush lettering for inspirational quotes, affirmations, or headings
Integrate collage elements
- Add photos, magazine clippings, or printed images that inspire and motivate you
- Glue or tape in mementos from your yoga journey, such as ticket stubs from festivals or workshops, notes from teachers, or even a pressed flower from a memorable outdoor practice
Write personal affirmations or mantras
- Dedicate a section of your journal to personal affirmations or mantras that resonate with you
- Write them in your favorite color or use decorative lettering to make them stand out
Dedicate space for goal-setting and tracking progress
- Create a vision board or goal-setting page to map out your intentions and aspirations
- Track your progress and celebrate your achievements, no matter how big or small
Embracing Your Inner Hero Through Journaling
And there you have it, my friends – a treasure trove of ideas from my own experience on what to write in a yoga journal. Remember, your yoga journal is a personal space for you to explore, reflect, and grow.
Now, I invite you to take action. Grab my Inner Hero Journal by Asivana and start writing today. Give yourself the gift of reflection and introspection, and watch as your practice deepens and your connection with your inner self grows stronger.
If you found this guide helpful, I'd love for you to share it with your fellow yogis and friends. Spread the love and inspire others to embrace the power of journaling in their yoga journey. And don't forget to connect with me on Instagram @AsivanaYoga and share your journaling experiences, thoughts, and insights – we're all here to support and uplift each other in this beautiful, transformative journey.