What to do if you're stuck in a yoga rut (and how to get out of it)
Whether you're a fully fledged yogi, or an every-now-and-again sort of yoga person, it's only inevitable that you'll come across a brick wall in your practice at least once in your life.
I personally went through this, shall we say "yoga rut", back in 2015, a year after I had started teaching. My practise went down from being everyday to once a week if I was lucky. I'd lost my yoga mojo, and felt really guilty about it but I just didn't feel like practising.
I think for me, I wasn't going to enough classes or workshops in order to keep me inspired, and this combined with my diminishing self-practice meant that I totally lacked inspiration in this area of my life. I was still teaching, but not really practising nearly enough as I should have been. Luckily, I regained my yoga mojo and it's back with a vengeance.
It happens to all of us. Life gets too busy, we get bored of our regular routines and classes, maybe even our teachers, and there's a thousand things we'd rather do instead.
No matter how long you've been in your rut for, there's definitely a way out. Here are my 3 tips on how to inject some life back into your practice...
1) Classes Classes Classes! Yup, the best way to gain inspiration if you've lost your own sense of practice is to book yourself on to some yoga classes. I personally love to to go yoga classes that have been recommended to me because the teacher is that fantastic, that my yoga friends go to or that are in studios that I really rate. Ask around, follow other yogis on Instagram and see which classes they are going to, and go along. Try different teachers until you find about 3-5 teachers that you absolutely adore. Yoga is a very personal practice, and the yoga teacher makes or breaks the class, so keep searching for those gems of teachers, the ones that you instantly warm to, that challenge you, that empower you, that you feel you can talk to after class, and that teach from the heart.
2) Grab a friend. A great way to get back into yoga and on to your mat more regularly is to go to classes with a friend. Finding someone in your life who's interested in yoga but might be stronger or more flexible than you is a really great way to get that competitive streak going again! When you lose your yoga mojo, it sometimes just takes a little bit of a competitive spark to re-ignite your love for your practice. Going to yoga classes with a friend or following inspiring yogis on Instagram and attempting the poses that they practise is a sure fire way to give yourself the boost you need. Once you know you've got a lot more to give, a lot more strength in you, and start to see progress, you'll be even more eager to step on to your mat the next day.
3) Stop for a while. It's ok to stop practising yoga for a while. Sometimes, we just need time out. This goes for anything in life - sometimes things that we once absolutely adored can become a task that we "have to do." Maybe you've been putting too much pressure on yourself and have lost the sense of fun and playfulness of yoga. In this case, it's absolutely fine to call it quits for a few weeks, even months, and to see what happens. I guarantee that if you love yoga deep down, you'll be drawn back to your mat one day. Trust the process, let nature do its thing, and don't try to force something that doesn't want to be forced. If its meant to be, if you're meant to come back to yoga, then you will. So let go, trust the timing of your life, and don't beat yourself up about it. Sarah xx