Why is consistency the key to success?
The great sage Patanjali talks of the importance of this in his text the Yoga Sutras which are a series of concise systematic instructions on how to develop and experience yoga and perfect the mind.
Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (see note at end) says;
1.14 sah tu dirgha kala nairantaira satkara asevitah dridha bhumih
When that practice is done for a long time, without a break, and with sincere devotion, then the practice becomes a firmly rooted, stable and solid foundation.
Why is continuous practice important?
It is motivation that gets us started but it is routine that keeps us on track. I often meet new students who get started, practice for a few weeks or months, and then stop for a while due to some life situation. The students that I see with a continuous practice are those who have committed to a manageable routine and committed to maintaining their health and harmony.
A lot of the time external distractions that catch our attention or consume us relate to the internal fluctuations of our mind. Our mind doesn’t like to be focused, rather is acts in a dissipated way, moving from here to there, wanting to be entertained by different things. The mind is like a monkey that jumps from tree to tree, picking off apples and taking a few bits then moving onto the next tree without ever finishing a single apple. This leads us to one of the most important Sutras;
1.2 Yogaschitta vrtti nirodhah
To cease the fluctuations of the mind or to block the patterns of consciousness. In more simple terms, the goal of yoga is to create stillness and harmony across all layers of mind, personality and behaviour.
Therefore the consistent and continued practice of yoga helps us to harmonise the different aspects and layers of our being and helps us to understand our mind better, not to mention the numerous health benefits