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Peace, Love, Yoga
by Kate Lindberg, Vinyasa Yoga Instructor

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Diet.com is excited to introduce our newest fitness blogger - Vinyasa yoga instructor and blogging enthusiast Kate Lindberg, of Boston. We hope you'll enjoy her writing and her enthusiasm for the practice of yoga!

Let's be honest - even our favorite workouts can grow stale now and again. It's easy to fall into a pattern and attend the same yoga class week after week. Don't get me wrong - it's great to connect with a particular class, but practicing just one style of yoga or going to the same teacher's classes exclusively can put you in a yoga rut. Even the most enthusiastic yogis and yoginis need to spice things up once in a while! Here are a few things you can do to keep your practice fresh!

1) Take it outside:

Summer is upon us! That means the temperatures are high, the grass is thick, and it's time to tote that mat out of doors. Some cities offer community yoga classes in the summer months, but even if you're on your own, find a good spot and see what an open air practice can do for you. Just don't forget to slather on the SPF!

2) Rise and shine:

Many yoga studios have early morning offerings that you can attend before work. Let's face it: devotion has its limits. Some of us are never going to make a regular habit out of a 6 or 7am class. I would, however, suggest trying one out even if you're not a morning person. They tend to be much less crowded, and yoga is a truly lovely way to start your morning. Think of that wonderful, uplifted feeling you experience ...    Continue

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@ 3:34pm ET on June 23, 2011 Enjoyed the post and the ideas -- thanks!
@ 6:40am ET on June 24, 2011 Agreed. Great ideas to keep regular practice fresh and interesting, and break through plateaus! I can even see using these at work to shake up the day-to-day and keep folks creatively engaged. Thanks!
@ 9:27am ET on June 27, 2011 As a Yoga beginner the buddy system is very helpful.to take it outside is a wonderful idea.
My friend and I will implement your ideas here in Virginia, thanks!
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