Is your yoga practice feeling boring? Repetitive? Uninspiring? Then it’s time for you to switch things up and not wait for your favourite teacher to switch things up for you.
Here are a few simple tips that you can use to spice up your yoga practice and a boredom yoga sequence that you can practice to get you out of your boredom funk.
Tips for Overcoming Yoga Boredom
Boredom usually strikes when you’re not fully living in the present. Focusing on something more exciting that could happen in the future or something that happened in the past that was better than your present moment does nothing but add to your boredom and perhaps anxiety.
By focusing on your breath, as we are often minded of in yoga, will aid you in coming to the present, focusing on what’s happening right now, in the moment, and relieve you of boredom.
2. Add Modifications or Variations
While it’s wonderful when teachers are able to provide medications or variations in class that benefit your practice and your body, the truth is that not all teachers can provide either to help your practice specifically. This means that it’s up to you to practice with new teachers who can offer different cues or do your own research and find modifications that help you feel more into a pose or variations that challenge you.
Remember that you don’t always have to follow and do exactly as a teacher says. It’s your practice. Whether you’re in a class or practicing yoga at home, you can always add on to or take away any suggestions a teacher may make.
3. Move to Music
I know some people prefer to practice without music, but flowing to a playlist can seriously add to your yoga practice. Music can be without words and relaxing or it can be upbeat, fun, and have you dancing in downward dog. It’s totally up to you! I recommend hitting up Spotify and searching for yoga playlists. There are an abundance of them and you can play them in the background when you’re watching a video.
4. Stop Listening, Start Feeling
It’s so easy to just do exactly as a yoga teacher says as they’re guiding you through a practice. And while many teachers will encourage you to do what feels best for your body in a certain pose or part of a sequence in a class, have you ever just done your own thing?
Follow the teacher, their sequence, and their cues for as long as you please but if you find yourself getting bored perhaps it’s time you stopped following and listening and instead started feeling. Begin asking yourself questions. What does your body crave at the moment? What part of your body needs to move? Do you need to repeat that last move again or hold a pose for a little longer? Begin exploring how your practice really feels for you instead of pushing through for a workout or becoming a yoga robot always following exactly as the teacher says or repeating the same kinds of poses and sequences exactly as you always do.
5. Switch It Up
Do you always practice with the same teacher or teachers? Do you always stick to the same style of yoga? Do you always go for power yoga or yin yoga? Whatever you’re doing or whoever you’re practicing with, trying stepping away from them, the style of practice, and what you think you want.
While it’s fantastic to have a favourite yoga teacher, there is so much to be learned from other teachers too who offer different cues and bring their own flair and creativity to their sequences. You never know, you could hate it or you could learn something new and love it.
If you’re a lover of vinyasa and flowy yoga, perhaps it’s time you opt for a strictly yin class, try a traditional Hatha class, or take a stab at ashtanga yoga. Acro yoga is a whole other style of yoga that is often ignored. It doesn’t mean you can’t go back to the style you love, it just means that by switching it up and trying something new you could cure your boredom, maybe find a new style you love that you never gave a chance, or gain even more of an appreciation for the style of yoga that is your go-to.
6. Practice Somewhere New
This cure for yoga boredom is simple. Try practicing somewhere new! Whether that’s trying out a new studio, finding a new yoga teacher on YouTube, moving your mat to another room, or even as simple as turning your mat in a new direction, it’s simple to change your surroundings and give yourself a new perspective.
7. Practice at a New Time
It’s easy to get into a groove once you’ve found one that works for you. Maybe you love moving your body in the morning or you feel it’s best to at night. Try switching up your schedule and moving your body at a time that you don’t usually and see how different you feel. It can be a subtle change that has a noticeable difference.
8. Add Props
As simple as yoga is and as wonderful as it is that it can be done virtually anywhere, sometimes adding to your practice is all that you need to feel less bored. Traditional props like blocks are great and if you don’t have any yet I highly recommend getting some and trying out poses with them even if you don’t feel that you need them.
A bolster is a great way to add comfort to a yin class. A strap will allow you to deepen your practice and assist you in backbends, getting you closer to any goals you may have. A yoga wheel can also assist in backbends and be fun to play with. A yoga bench will help to get you upside down. And practicing yoga with a chair will help you with alignment and challenge you to totally change up your practice.
9. Challenge Yourself!
The best cure for being bored in yoga is to challenge yourself. Try something new and fail. Give it a go even if you don’t think you can’t do it. You never know if you can or can’t or how close you are until you actually try it. You never know, you may surprise yourself!
Yoga for Boredom Sequence
I’m a big believer that movement and balancing are great ways to cure boredom. While there are benefits of holding yoga poses, you don’t always have to and sometimes your body is just craving movement over stillness. Balancing can also offer a break from boredom as it requires intense focus. Both are worked into this yoga flow for boredom. Enjoy yogi!
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