Rituals have been used for all of human history to mark passages, to create ceremony, to celebrate and to bring people together. Rituals have power. They remind us that we are part of something larger and greater than ourselves, and they allow us to tap into that universality. When thinking about your yoga and meditation practice, rituals can add depth and distinction, texture and richness, making your practice more meaningful and enjoyable.
There are many many ideas you can choose from, borrowing respectfully from all human cultures. And you can also create your own rituals. I’ve found that having a variety of different rituals to choose from according to my intention and my need at a particular moment is enriching and fun. This way, I can make my practice very personal.
Try any or all of these easy and effective ways to empower your own practice with rituals - even adding just one ritual to your home practice will change the way you experience it. Let these 12 ideas inspire you to make your yoga and meditation a non-negotiable part of your day.