Springtime serves as a powerful catalyst for refreshing my workout routine. The winter blahs can make it difficult to motivate, and I find that in cold temperatures I am far more likely to practice yoga at home than to venture out to a studio. While a home practice can be wonderfully rewarding, I like to break it up with group yoga classes, which provide variety and support, not to mention a change of scenery. Mild spring weather and increased hours of daylight are just the kick in the pants I need to move my practice from my living room floor to some great local studios.
Even in the best of weather, however, I do sometimes find myself in a yoga rut. Attending the same class week after week is a lovely way to connect with a teacher and make some yogi pals, as well as become a part of that studio's community. Every now and then, though, I love to throw a wrench in my yoga gears.
Spring, the season of rebirth, is a wonderful time to mix up your routine and try a new class or two. Maybe you venture to a new yoga studio, try a different style, or see what an unfamiliar teacher has to offer. Often studios will host workshops and special classes as well.
Stepping outside your comfort zone can be a challenge. Even if your experiment in variety isn't your favorite, however, the new experience can be truly refreshing and rewarding. If you're a die-hard power yoga junkie, mix things up with a restorative class. If, like me, you tend to stick with a familiar class or teacher, consider branching out. Are you used to always practicing in the evening after school or work? Try out a morning class and see what it can do for your energy. Investigate studio websites to see if there's a workshop that appeals to you.
Yoga has become so popular in today's world, and as such we have a wealth of options to explore. Whether you find a new favorite style, connect with a great teacher, or even decide one wasn't for you, mixing up your routine is a wonderfully rejuvenating practice to shake things up during this season of renewal.