August 24, 2013

Get Over It

No matter how avid we are in our yoga practice, we all go through times when we just don't feel up to it. It could be that you are too exhausted to get up an hour early to practice Sun Salutations, or maybe your life has changed and you just haven't found a way to fit yoga into to your new schedule. Whatever the reason, it's nothing you can't overcome with a little patience.

So how do you jumpstart your practice when you're in a slump? "When I'm in a lull, I acknowledge there are different seasons to my practice. Lapsed enthusiasm doesn't mean your yoga days are over," says Todd Norian, who teaches yoga nationwide and is the former director of teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. "A dry spell can be connected with stress at work, emotional issues, or relationship difficulties—wherever your energy is tied up. My best advice: Don't get caught in negative self-talk."

Norian suggests holding poses longer and deepening your breath. "These two key things help me break through to new levels of excitement and adventure."


In the Mood

Sun Salutations in the intro to Ray of Light

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