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Changing up your daily yoga practice because you’re bored with it is kind of like bailing on Warrior II Pose as soon as your legs start to feel tired. Aborting the operation prematurely might cause you to miss out on an opportunity to learn new something about yourself you didn’t know or gain strength and endurance.
Of course, there are also plenty of times that it’s totally appropriate to shift your weight slightly or modify the pose so you can hold it just a few more breaths. How do you know when it’s time to switch up your routine?
Here are 5 signs I look for:
1. Your practice feels more like a chore than a treat.
2. You feel more drained and exhausted after you practice than you did before.
3. You haven’t learned anything new, had an “ah-ha” moment, or felt challenged recently.
4. You’re focusing more on the clothes, props, people, environment, or teacher than your own breath and practice.
5. When someone asks you why you do this particular practice instead of something different, the only answer you can come up with is that it’s what you’ve always done.