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Recommitting to Your Yoga Practice

I have a confession: I have been avoiding my yoga practice lately.

After being sidelined for a few weeks by holiday travel, illness, and a pesky hamstring injury, I haven't been able to get myself back on my mat. Now, I know in my head that the minute the asanas start flowing I'll feel stronger and calmer and more centered -- more me. My body, however, is rebelling. It seems to think its much nicer to sit on my couch and channel surf instead.

But then I realized: This is the perfect time to recommit myself to my yoga practice. It's the start of a new year -- a new decade even -- and I know this one will be the best one yet.

As a student, as a teacher, we sometimes need these opportunities of renewal to remind ourselves what is most important to us. We are given the opportunity to commit and recommit to these things in a thoughtful and meaningful way.

For me, my yoga practice will be a key focus to work back into my routine in the new year. What will it be for you?

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It's funny isn't it -- we know how good yoga makes us feel but some days it's just such a challenge to get motivated. I've resolved to do yoga every day this year to see how that feels. I'm hoping that tracking it online will help keep me accountable.

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I agree that recommitting to the formal Yoga practice is really important.

I also urge serious Yoga devotees to consider the benefits of getting more deeply into Yoga philosophy, which can be practiced during all the routine experiences of everyday life.

This is not a substitute for asana, but a compliment to it. It can both deepen asana practice, and allow you to continue your Yoga practice in earnest even during those times when you fall behind in asana. It can even provide the psychological motivation that will help you put your asana program back on track.

Lot's of great benefits all around to having and independent Yoga philosophy practice to go along with your asana practice.

Bob Weisenberg
http://YogaDemystified.com

Indeed, we are crazy creatures. I have a daily practice (sometimes twice a day), but there are days that get missed occasionally. Yoga is a gift to myself that makes every day that much better. On the days I do miss my yoga practice, I need to remind myself of Ahimsa and the need to be compassionate to myself. And after all, if I'm practicing Ahimsa than I am practicing yoga. Yoga doesn't start and finish on the matt.

Or is that just my evil mind justifying again? LOL (I practiced today so I'm okay).

Peace people, especially within.

Dan

i feel the exact same way.

the holiday really took a toll on my normal day to day eating habits, as well as how often i practice on the mat. normally i practice everyday lately i feel as though i'm more in that couch potato mode. haha..
i'm definitely regaining focus the farther the holidays drift behind me :)

my teacher tells me i'm doing fine and shouldn't be so hard on myself, and it feel so good to take her word for it.
2010 is a year for yoga!

i feel the exact same way.

the holiday really took a toll on my normal day to day eating habits, as well as how often i practice on the mat. normally i practice everyday lately i feel as though i'm more in that couch potato mode. haha..
i'm definitely regaining focus the farther the holidays drift behind me :)

my teacher tells me i'm doing fine and shouldn't be so hard on myself, and it feel so good to take her word for it.
2010 is a year for yoga!

I look at the new year as an opportunity to recommit to my yoga practice. Although I have been practicing for 35 years, I sometimes get pulled in other directions and forget that yoga makes everything else in my life so much better! The last two days, I have woken up and dressed for a brisk walk outdoors in this beautiful Vail valley in Colorado. Then straight to my mat, but rather than thinking about what I should do, I just let it rise. I found myself in headstand, shoulderstand, fish, and then settled into meditation. Bhastrika breathing started happening, just like in the days when I used to sit with Baba Muktananda in his yoga intensives. I settled into a sublime meditation, especially on the second day.It has been a rare time of truly being a witness. I am reminded that yoga is always there for us. We just have to get on our mats, thank the universe for giving us yoga and watch the energy flow.

I also need to commit to my yoga practice this year. As a teacher, sometimes I spend too much time (even in yoga classes) thinking of what I will teach in my class, rather than focusing on my own practice.

I think this happens to everyone. Sometimes I feel like the best thing to do in this situation is to sort of shake things up and get out of your element. I remember that when this happened to me a few months ago, I randomly booked a trip to Costa Rica when tickets were cheap and made myself do yoga everyday. I used this website: http://www.uniquewellnessdestinations.com/ and it proved to be a great help (all of the hotels on this website have a unique focus on wellness and environmentally friendly practices). When I got home I was enthused about yoga once again and my practice went back to normal!

Yoga is believed to reduce pain by helping the brain`s pain center regulate the gate-controlling mechanism located in the spinal cord and the secretion of natural painkillers in the body. Thanks for your info.

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