How to Get Your Yoga Mojo Back
Apr 19, 2019
We can all lose our mojo sometimes. Whatever the cause, sometimes we just find that we’ve gotten out of our rhythm, we’ve lost our stride. But fear not, because we are in control of our lives and in control of finding our own ways back into positive habits and helpful attitudes.
- Decide it’s important to you! Think about your priorities, think of how much you’ve already learned and grown and accomplished, and recognize that you have that energy within you to do whatever it is you’re trying to do. Once you’ve made your decision, focus on the outcome – think of how you'll feel once you're back in your mojo - physically, mentally and emotionally. I suggest journaling or visualization. When I’m doing this, I like to put it in writing in a journal – for me, putting what I want down on paper makes it feel more real, and having it down on paper makes it more tangible as I move forward. Knowledge is power, including the knowledge of your own decisions. So concentrate on what it is that you want out of your practice.
- Get an accountability partner. A friend, teacher, co-practitioner. Someone who is going to hold you accountable. It can even be someone on social media. Find someone with similar goals, and don’t be afraid to ask for help and support. This could be to practice for ten minutes a day, to not skip postures, to work less hard but more consistently. Whatever! And make sure to tell your teacher your goals – when I know what a student wants to achieve, I make it my business to help them get there. But it’s hard for a teacher to guess those things, so you’ll make both of your lives easier if you have a conversation with them!
- Don’t doubt yourself. The main reason that we don’t start is because we are afraid to fail. How many times have you seen an asana and thought you would never be able to do it? If you practice Ashtanga, you are the type of person who does hard things. This might be waking up early, going to bed early, showing up on a regular basis, practicing when you don’t want to – whatever it is, you already have the discipline. You’ve done it before and you can do it again. Believing in yourself is the secret to success in anything.
- Shift your perspective. We can all feel sometimes like we’re stuck in cement, when nothing seems to work. If this experience feels familiar, I suggest asking yourself some questions: Have you been trying new approaches, or just a variation of the same things that you already know don’t work? Try doing old things in new ways. Practice at a different time of day if that works better for you. Take longer standing postures. Skip vinyasas if you don’t feel strong enough to restart. Hold hard poses longer. Do the stronger side of a pose for less time instead of trying to to the weaker side for more time. These are just some examples, but you get the idea. Think outside the box. There isn’t one right way to do things – especially not your practice. It is yours, after all!
- No social media before practice. Really! We don’t need that type of negativity in our lives. Regardless of what it is you’re looking at, it’s not helpful to anybody to go into a practice holding onto the negative thoughts that can come from comparing ourselves to others – especially comparing ourselves to the curated lives and practices that get posted online! Regardless of how you feel about social media, it’s definitely an unnecessary distraction before practice and it stirs up the vrittis (which is the opposite of the effect we are going for in yoga).
And remember! You can use these tips with lots of different things, whether it’s your job, working out, meditating, doing Pilates, whatever! But if you have lost your yoga mojo, it’s worth getting back. So give these tips a whirl and let me know how you do.
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