3 Simple Ways to Renew a Stagnant Yoga Practice
March 29, 2017
It happens to the best of us. It doesn’t matter if your practice is a daily, weekly or monthly thing. The more we practice, the more in tune and connected we become with our bodies, minds and breath. With that, though, comes the inevitable possibility that we’ll find ways to auto-pilot. This slippery slope leads to a frustrating feeling of distraction. It often doesn’t matter how much we love our teachers and our community. We find ourselves feeling fine after class, but often wanting more.
We miss the days when our practice felt new and exciting, when linking our movement and breath brought us to places we never thought possible.
This is normal. We’re all human. Bringing the magic back into your practice usually requires one of a few simple shifts in approach:
1. Practice Somewhere New
We are creatures of habit. We find teachers and studios we like and we follow them diligently. These places and people become our community. Stepping outside of this world might seem scary, intimidating or even like you’re abandoning family. It doesn’t have to be that way. And you can always return when you’re ready. Try a new studio, immerse yourself in a weekend workshop experience. Or, if you’re feeling especially bold, take your practice somewhere far away like Iceland, Scotland or Amalfi.
2. Slow Down
We tend to want to go faster when things feel stagnant. It definitely seems smart to ramp it up in order to shake it up. But some of the most powerful discoveries are also found in slower-moving, quiet moments. If you don’t already have a meditation practice, try adding a five minute sit to your morning routine. If you do have a meditation practice, why not switch up your mudras or add in a kriya or two? If you want to get our of your element, practice with a new group of folks AND slow way down, you could meet us in Patagonia.
3. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone
Do something weird, impulsive and unlike you. Your nervous system will thank you. As yourself why you say, “I can’t do that,” or, “I won’t do this.” If your answer doesn’t put you in any sort of real danger, then book a trip to British Columbia and learn all about Ayurveda. Spend a weekend in Sonoma learning the transformative power of breath work. Challenge yourself on a hike-heavy camping retreat in Point Reyes.
Good luck shaking things up!