Have you fallen away from your yoga practice? It happens to almost everyone. We get busier. Our schedules shift and we can’t make it to our favorite class. Our favorite teacher moves on. A studio closes. We get injured or sick. Sometimes we feel we’ve hit a plateau and it’s no longer as inspiring. Just because you’ve taken a break doesn’t mean you can’t restart your yoga practice.
But how do you get back into the flow of regular practice? Read on.
How to Restart Your Yoga Practice
Here are some tips for finding the inspiration to restart your yoga practice:
- Reflect on why you love yoga: What is it that caused you to practice yoga in the first place? What are the benefits you’ve enjoyed? What makes you want to restart your yoga practice?
- Set your intention. Intention is powerful. Every action we take starts with an intention. We may not always be aware of our intentions, but they are the impetus behind whatever we choose to do. As you reflect on why you want to restart your yoga practice, set an intention to follow through. Identify a specific intention for how you’d like your practice to look. For example, resolve to practice every day for 10 minutes a day (or whatever amount of time works for you). If you plan to practice at home, set a time and stick to it. Or resolve to attend one or two classes each week. It doesn’t matter what you decide, but make sure it is doable, given your schedule and other responsibilities.
- Start slow. If you’ve taken a significant break, your body-mind may not be ready for the practice you were once accustomed to. There’s nothing that can dampen your inspiration quite like getting injured in your yoga practice. It’s common to feel pressure to practice whatever a teacher suggests when you’re in a class. This can lead to practicing things that your body may not be ready for. So you might want to start with a slow, gentle home practice for a week or two before you go to a class. Practice a few poses, or a slow flow vinyasa—10 to 20 minutes’ worth to start—to allow your body-mind to ease back into practice.
- Make it easy. If you’re planning on practicing at home, have your yoga props easily accessible. For example, you can stash your yoga mat, yoga block, bolster, etc., in a corner of your practice room so that they’re easy to pull out when you want to practice. If you’re planning on going to a studio, you might want to start in familiar territory. Go to a studio that’s easily accessible and where you’ve enjoyed practicing in the past. Once your practice is back on track, feel free to branch out and learn from other teachers at other locations.
- Savor your practice. In the times when I’ve taken a hiatus from practice, the thing that inspired me most was how I felt after that first time back on the mat. Re-experiencing that quiet sense of ease and calm is all it took for me to make a new commitment. Simply stepping onto the mat and experiencing the joy of yoga may be all the inspiration you need to restart your yoga practice.