Totally unmotivated, bored with your practice, or just not that into it anymore—don’t get discouraged (we know the feeling), eventually all yogis go through the ‘yoga rut.’ Like the ocean ebbs and flows, so does your practice. If you’re currently stuck in a rut (or ever find yourself in one), try these 5 tricks to revive your practice and get back on the mat.
5 Ways To Revive Your Practice & Get Out Of A Yoga Rut
1. Embrace newness.
One of the best ways to get out of a yoga rut is to get out of your comfort zone. Take class with a new instructor, at a new studio, or try a totally different style of yoga than you’re used to. Ashtangi’s try vinyasa, hatha yogis try Kundalini, reconnect with the feeling that initially drew you into the practice and adopt a beginners mindset.
2. Make a killer playlist.
Even if you don’t typically practice to music, it’s one of the best ways to add a bit of excitement to your practice. So turn up the music and tune out the noise (i.e. anything that does not pertain to your practice—emails, Facebook, instagram, dinner plans, etc). Looking for some playlist inspiration? Here’s our go-to 60 minute yoga mix.
3. Close your eyes.
When I was teaching full time, one of my students pulled me aside before class and told me that she planned to take class with her eyes closed (something she did every few months), to really tune in to her body—brilliant.
If you’re up for a challenge and want to take body awareness up a notch, give this a try. This is hard, so if you’re still new to the practice try closing your eyes for a few breaths in each pose rather than keeping them closed during the transitions. Note: A sense of humor is required for this one—falling guaranteed.
4. Practice at home.
Before yoga teacher training, I never (ever) practiced at home—I know how intimidating it can be. However, all yogis should try it. Aim for 20 minutes - 1 hour, make a killer playlist (see number 2), and let your practice be whatever it is. If you seem to ‘forget’ everything you know as soon as you hit your mat, try 5 sun A’s, 5 sun B’s, a few standing poses (warrior II, side angle, triangle, etc.), 2 backbends, twists, hip openers (pigeon or double pigeon), and a long sweet savasana.
5. Use a towel (instead of a mat).
Like practicing with your eyes closed, this is hard. Practicing with a towel under your feet takes core engagement to a whole new level. How To: On a hardwood floor, try folding your mat into thirds and placing a sweat towel or blanket under your feet. You’ll quickly come to notice downdog just become 100 times harder as your feet are sliding back behind you. Be extra cautious as you get deep (really deep).
Another way to utilize a towel in your practice is to completely replace your mat with a large beach towel. I practiced like this (sans mat) in a small Seattle hotel room, and let me tell you, it was incredibly challenging (in a good way)—you feel every muscle working.
This may seem counterintuitive but the fastest way to get out of a yoga rut and back on the mat is to do something else. Go for a run, take a boxing class, hit the gym—do some other form of physical activity, and when you’re ready, your mat will be calling your name and your practice will feel extra delicious.
Have you ever been stuck in a yoga rut? How did you pull yourself out? We want to know! Leave a comment below, we respond to every single one of them.
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More yoga, less ruts, xo
Erika & Jess
PS. If you're new to the practice, be sure to check out this post, 10 things you need to know before taking your first yoga class.
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