6 Ways to Keep Your Yoga Practice Fresh and Exciting

There are so many benefits to making yoga a regular part of your daily or weekly routine. It’s healthy for your mind, body and soul.

However, like anything that is good for us, at times your yoga routine can feel like a chore. Remember when yoga was new to you, and you couldn’t get enough? After years of regular practice, it can be difficult to stay excited about yoga.

That’s why it’s important to mix up your routine, to keep it fresh and interesting. While there are several ways you can do this, here are six we’ve come up with for you. 

  1. Go to a New Yoga Class: Perhaps the best way to prevent falling into a “yoga rut” is working with a new instructor. While your familiar favorites bring familiar benefits and comfort, a new class might offer a new cue or alignment tip that freshens up your practice. 
  2. Different Locations: Yoga doesn’t always have to happen in the studio. So switch it up. Practice in your living room one day, maybe at the park the next day, the beach on another day. Try a yoga vacation or retreat. The beautiful thing about yoga is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. With this freedom, why stick to just one place?
  3. Different Music: Maybe you say you are interested only in traditional music–but have you ever tried a class that features a poppy beat or rock vibe? Or perhaps you’d like to try practicing outdoors, with only nature to accompany your practice. See what it does to your energy and ability to get lost in the moment when you practice with different music or sounds. 
  4. Try Different Yoga Styles:  There are so many yoga styles, from an invigorating vinyasa flow to gentle Hatha.  Learning new styles will deepen your yoga practice, even if you focus primarily on your “home” style.
  5. Make Friends: Another way to make the most of any yoga class is to make a conscious effort to meet fellow students. Everything is more fun with friends, and yoga class is a great way to meet people with similar interests. Or, invite someone you know to practice with you, and plan coffee or lunch afterward.
  6. Be Perfect: Finally, an additional way you can keep your yoga routine fresh and exciting is by resolving to work toward perfection–even (or especially) if you know you’ll never get there. It’s easy to fall into going through the motions during class, figuratively as well as literally. Instead, ask an instructor for feedback on your alignment in a given pose. (A workshop can be a great opportunity for this, or a private lesson, or just before or after class.) Then, each time you visit that pose, work toward perfecting your alignment. Ask for feedback on a different pose the next class. Over time, this approach can result in making your practice feel entirely new. 

Yoga is enjoyable as well as beneficial, and sometimes you have to invest to keep your practice feeling fresh. What will you do in the coming week to renew your excitement about practicing yoga? 

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