Feeling a little stuck with your yoga practice? It happens to us all!

Even the most seasoned yogi has moments in their practice where they might feel it becoming a little stale.

One day you’re full of energy and open to all the yoga possibilities that lay before you, and a few months or years later, you’re no longer feeling that spark in your belly that lit up your very first yoga class.

Here are a few ways to bring more joy into your yoga practice, whether you are just starting out or looking for ways to deepen your existing practice.

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”TomBodett

 

Set yourself a new goal. A common reason we begin to lose joy in our practice is that we are not challenging ourselves enough.

Whether to move our bodies, learn the foundation of practice, or because we are looking to resolve issues below the surface, there is always a goal in mind when we come to yoga.

As soon as we achieve this goal, we need a new challenge, and if we don’t change it up, things will naturally get a little boring.

Could you explore the foundations of yoga more, or would you like to learn different pranayama practices? Perhaps you are looking to improve your strength for the perfect handstand or would like to learn how to meditate?

Take some time to really think about what you would like to focus on next in your practice.

 

Explore the spiritual side of yoga. You might not find much chanting or emphasis on a more spiritual or philosophical aspect of yoga at general level classes found in gyms or public spaces, but take a minute to speak to the teacher at the end of class if you are keen to learn more.

Teachers are exposed to so much during their training and a short chat might yield a lot of new information for you.

Join a challenge. In today’s world, yoga is everywhere and you can practice with yogis on the other side of the world!

There is also an abundance of monthly yoga challenges available on YouTube that push you to practice yoga daily.

You can also participate in Instagram challenges. Simply head to your Instagram account and type in #yogachallenge.

Soon you will have 100’s of options to choose from!

 

Practice outside. The cool wind on your skin, the smell of grass beneath your toes, the fresh air to fill your lungs, and the warm sun heating you up as you practice your sun salutations.

What could be better?

Join a group class. Oftentimes newcomers to yoga feel slightly intimidated. They don’t know what to expect and are nervous because this is something new.

Taking part in group yoga classes is an easy way to find community and connection because you are practicing with like-minded people who love and respect yoga and might be there for the same reasons you are.

There are many different kinds of classes available and a quick google search will have you booking a class in no time.

Take your practice to the next level with a private class. If group classes are not your thing, you may benefit from private attention.

Private yoga classes can be practiced anywhere and are amazing because they focus on what you would like to get out of it.

 

Let go of how you think your practice should look. Unfortunately, social media is the monster that sometimes skews our perception of what a yoga body or yoga practice should look like or, how long a practice should be.

All our preconceived notions of what qualifies as yoga can affect the way we move through our practice.

Where there is a focus on the breath and a meditative and mindful aspect, there is yoga.

“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out the way they’re supposed to, without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully. The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.” Goldie Hawn

 

Make it a priority. No matter how simple or complex your practice, make it a priority to step on your mat daily even if it’s only for 5 minutes.

Joy can be found in routine and the hardest part of our personal practice is getting there.

Create your perfect yoga space at home. Our practice is personal and much of the reason why we don’t have an at-home practice is that we don’t have a special space.

Light some candles or incense sticks
Play your favorite music and just flow!
Add blocks, straps, and any other props you need
Grab a small plant

and you’re good to go!

 

Enroll in teacher training. Before you say, “but I don’t want to be a yoga teacher”, let us let you in on a secret.

Often, yoga teachers become teachers because they were looking to deepen their practice and found
so much joy that they then wanted to share that joy with others and begin teaching.

There are countless teacher trainings to choose from, all unique and beautiful in their own way.

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” Rumi

 

Conclusion

The most important thing to remember is that there might come a day when you feel the same stuck
feelings when it comes to your practice.

There are so many different ways to stoke the flames of joy in our practice and we should never forget
that again this is an opportunity to relook at what you have accomplished with your practice and ask
yourself…

“what’s next?”
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If you are keen to learn more about practicing yoga in groups or would like to venture into private
classes, reach out to us at namaste@theomrevolution.co.za