Thursday, July 16, 2015

Reconnecting with Yoga

It seems that when I focus on one aspect of my fitness routine, another one suffers. Lately, running has taken a back seat, despite my upcoming half marathon. I recently won a free month of yoga at Yoga Six, and I took it as a sign that I need to reconnect with my yoga practice. I had all but abandoned my practice over the past month until I decided to commit myself to attending as many yoga classes in the studio as I could. Yoga classes in the studio are still important to me because I need an instructor to push me to really approach my edge and let myself get deeper into poses.

By sheer serendipity, I have free yoga during the month Yoga Six is hosting a yoga challenge in which students try to take three of each of the studio's six class types, plus a workshop. Students who complete the challenge are eligible to win prizes. What better way is there to commit myself to yoga than to do as much of it as possible and get tastes of different styles and methods? I've now experienced five different instructors and have been re-inspired to try to teach in the near future.

For anyone looking to delve deeper into their practice, or for those who are just starting out, there are ways to get inspired.

  • Take a class from a new instructor or at a new studio.
  • Try a new class type. Never been to hot yoga? Take it at least once. Usually prefer faster-pace vinyasa classes? Go to a yin one instead.
  • Next time a class features some play time, try a pose that scares you. (Ask the instructor to spot you.)
  • Take a workshop. 
  • Browse Instagram for #yoga poses. See what people of all ages and body types can accomplish. 
  • Ask a friend to go to yoga class with you. Make it a date with a meal or fresh juice afterward.
  • If time and budget allows, enroll in teacher training, even if you don't plan to teach. It's a wonderful method of self-study.
  • Start your own yoga challenge for yourself. How many times can you make it to class? Have you ever tried two-a-days?
How do you stay inspired to maintain a yoga practice?