As a person’s yoga journey continues over time, it is common that each practice falls into a certain familiarity, consisting of the same handful of instructors, similar postures, and the same old spot in the studio. This is natural, as our brains are programmed to create and follow structure. However, it is very healthy for the body, mind, and spirit to switch things up from time to time and enjoy the new perspective that variety brings. If you want to discover a few ways you can break up your routine, then continue reading.
1. Switch Your Spot in the Studio.
This is one of the easiest ways to effectively change up your routine. Even a small adjustment in the placement of your mat can make a difference as every spot has a slight difference in lighting, feel, and neighboring yogis. If you are practicing at home, you can create the same effect by rotating your mat 90 degrees. You can also try practicing in another room or on a back patio.
2. Attend a Class with a Different Instructor.
We all have different preferences when it comes to yogic instruction, and each teacher develops their own style. The way you understand and connect with one instructor’s teaching style may be different from others. Try out a new instructor you have never practiced with. As you do this, it’s important to note that this is not for the sake of finding which instructor you like better, but rather, it is to learn how each instructor can enhance your practice differently.
3. Take Away One of Your Senses.
We are not always aware of how powerful our senses are in affecting our experiences. To better appreciate the body’s sensual capabilities, change things up a bit. If you usually listen to music, try practicing in silence. If lavender is your go-to scent for savasana, switch it up and use mint. If you are up for a challenge, try practicing with your eyes blindfolded. To take full advantage of this change, choose only one sense to alter during each session. This will also give you a plethora of alterations to try out in the coming months.
4. Attend a Different Type of Class.
If vinyasa flow is your comfort class, sign up for a restorative class. There are so many different styles of practice, and attending a different session can stimulate your mind, body, and spirit in a positive way. Remember that this is not to judge which class is best, but it is an opportunity for you to reap the benefits of yoga that can be presented in another form.
5. Bring a Friend!
Sharing your time in the studio and then talking about it with a friend after class can be a wonderful bonding experience. Also, chatting with someone you trust, and with whom you can relate, can be a way to articulate things you experienced in your own practice.
Enjoy the benefits that come from changing your routine!