When I first began practicing yoga, it was at a gym. I had heard yoga was good for back pain and decided to give it a try. It was sweaty, and I wasn’t very good at it, but I kept going.
Eventually I fell in love with the practice, and I started exploring the variety of places that I could practice in. I went to a couple of studios, played around at home and outside, and noticed how different each of these experiences were. From the temperature of the room, to the music, to the practice itself, they all were distinctly different. None of them were better than the other, they were all unique–like trees, like people, each with their own gifts.
Over the years when I travel I try to take classes or do some yoga in the places I’m staying. I love to listen to different music when I practice at home, versus in a studio or in a park. All these beautiful experiences, and they are all so diverse.
One thing I realized along the way, was that these experiences helped to bring me more more into my practice. By getting me out of my habits, they forced me to be more present, more curious about my own experience, and to really notice where I feel challenged or uplifted.
The question I pose to you is, how varied is your practice? Do you go to the same class, with the same teacher every week? To be clear, there can be great value in consistency and routine (I’m a person of habit and repetition myself!). But if you’ve been feeling stagnated or looking for new ways to grow, consider how you can play with your practice. Even if it’s the same exact class you always attend, but maybe you set up in a different spot? Try on a different prop? Or if another class is offered at the same time, try the other! Practice at home is also a great way to experiment with your yoga, make it personalized, and discover new ways of being in your body that a traditional class doesn’t offer.
I invite you to think, ponder, and be curious. How can you try looking at, and practicing, yoga in a different way?
See what you discover!
Laura’s classes bring attention to alignment, postures, breath work, and listening to yourself while still exploring your limits. Click here to learn more about Laura and see her teaching schedule.