Throughout your yoga journey, you may fall out of your yoga routine. Work, school, kids, family – even a bout of laziness – can all contribute to a break in your yoga routine. The good news is: this is perfectly normal and nothing to get down about!
After a hiatus, it can be daunting to get back on your mat. It can be intimidating to find a way to get back into your routine with ease and grace. You may even trick yourself into finding any reason not to get back into your yoga routine.
It happens! But when it does, know that you can get back into your yoga routine in no time. It just takes a little encouragement, so read on for everything you need to get back on track and back on your mat!
Here Are Your 7 Tips to Get You Back to Your Yoga Routine
It may seem like there are hundreds, even thousands, of reasons not to get back to your yoga routine. Here are 7 tips that’ll obliterate those reasons:
1. Don’t Judge
Rather than expecting yourself to pick up right where you left off, give yourself a break! Don’t judge where you are now. Accept that this is another step on your yogic journey, and appreciate yourself your will to get back on the mat.
Use the mantra, “I love myself as I am,” “I accept myself as I am in this moment,” or “I am bettering my mind, body, and spirit in this moment and I am grateful.” Don’t be too hard on yourself.
2. Take It Slow
Again for those in the back: Take. It. Slow. If you have ever taken a break in your yoga routine, you know you may not be as flexible or balanced. You may even a little sore from the lack of stretching.
Remember that to get back to your yoga routine, be a slow and mindful, and be easy on your body. Take it slow, take it easy, and get back into your routine with ease and grace!
3. Schedule Mat Time
To get back to your yoga routine, you have to make a conscious effort schedule out your mat time.
Take a look at your calendar, decide what is realistic for you and your schedule, and start penciling in little mat sessions where you can. Keep it realistic, maybe even start with one practice a week, then work your way to two, and so on.
4. Take Group Classes
If you can, get back into a group yoga yoga setting rather than opting to practice at home. This is extremely beneficial for someone getting back into a yoga routine.
Group classes provide accountability, support your progress, and can ultimately make the transition back into a routine more enjoyable. Additionally, working with an instructor who can give you valuable guidance can be very beneficial to your progress.
The support of like minded people and an instructor that has your back will do wonders as you get back to your yoga routine.
5. Props Are Your Best Friends
Embrace any modifications the instructor offers in your practice, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to jump back in too quickly. Use all the props! They’re your best friends.
Remember: take it slow, take it easy, and honor wherever your body is as you get back into your yoga routine.
6. Learn From Your Hiatus
Getting back into a yoga routine is a great opportunity to recognize the changes that your mind and body have been through. Notice any differences between now and when you started your hiatus.
As you get back into your yoga routine, be conscious of how you’re feeling and of how your body begins to change (again). Observe your personal change for the better.
7. Enjoy the Process
Enjoy getting back into your yoga routine, feel all the benefits yoga has to offer your mind, body, and spirit. Appreciate your ability to get back into your yoga routine, and be grateful for your ever-changing journey as a yogi.
Now, Go Get Back to Your Yoga Routine!
There’s nothing wrong with taking a yoga hiatus. Use the time getting into your yoga routine to observe your practice in a non-judgmental manner, take it easy on your body, and appreciate your experience in your yoga journey.
And again . . . don’t forget to take it slow and easy!