Whether you’re the devoted yogi who’s been practicing with the same classes and teachers for years or you’re forfeiting your level of ability to accompany a friend to a beginner class, almost every yogi will encounter a time of boredom in their yoga journey.
Maybe the practice hasn’t changed, but your perception or attitude toward it has. Instead of struggling with frustration, agitation, or planning to quit, here are some suggestions to help you endure this phase and perhaps even discover something new.
Can you make every pose as the best it can be? Alignment. Engagement. Make it as if this one class were the manifestation of everything that you’ve learned and are truly capable of doing to your fullest ability.
Can you only pay attention to yourself? No distractions from what someone else may or may not be doing. You’re only focusing on what’s going on in your headspace and how your postures feel.
We all have poses we slack off in. Perhaps it’s time to go deeper and do a little investigation. Why do you really hate the posture? Can you find something about it to work on? Better yet, can you evolve and find one thing you like about it?
Everyone has a preference for what part of the studio they like: front, back, middle, or bookend. Go to the place you’re never in and notice if—or how—your practice changes. Maybe there’s more light so your drishti isn’t compromised by shadows. Or perhaps you make a new connection with a fellow student.
In Sanskrit, prana means “life force” and the practice of pranayama is the channel to tap into, connect, and expand it. How long has it been since you paid attention to your breathing? Have you held yourself accountable to committing to the fullest inhales and exhales? By doing so, you may leave class with a new cosmic high.
Sometimes we’ve forgotten why we practice. Maybe it’s time to put some reminders literally on your mat and in front of your face. From bracelets to trinkets to literally writing (maybe in chalk) on your mat, decorating could help you return to your intention or to set a sparkly new one.
Can you hear the difference in how this chant sounded at the beginning of class and how it does at the end? Was it sweeter, congealing into harmony with one another more than at the opening? Usually, some sort of exchange occurred and every participant contributed some kind of energy to the space you shared. Remember this and allow yourself to feel it even on the subtlest level. You connected!