Every spring, many of us go through a ritual of cleaning out the closest and clutter of our homes. Getting rid of the items we no longer have use for or have worn out due to being lovingly used on a daily basis. We create a space that is fresh and new to us. Our spring cleaning rituals open the opportunities for the relaxing and fun filled summer we have ahead of us and allow us to enjoy our time and space without any of the clutter weighing on our shoulders.
This same thing can be done with our yoga practice. We can do a Spring Cleaning of our practice and evaluate what is working for us and what might need to be tweaked a bit. Our practice doesn’t have to be the same thing day after day. It doesn’t have to cause us any stress or clutter our mind. Our practice is there to open us up to new opportunities and new ways of thinking. All we have to do is create an action plan and freshen things up.
How do we do this? Well, for starters, you don’t stress over changing things up. Just like we rearrange our furniture in our homes to give a new perspective on our space, we can rearrange our practice. Maybe you start your practice with some centering and quiet meditation or you always start sitting up with the same mantra going through your head. Try something new. Start laying down with some quiet reflection or stand in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) and ground yourself. Change up your asana practice by adding some poses you may be avoiding or have never done. Work with variations of the pose and work your way up to the full extension of it. There are so many little ways we can freshen up our practice, that the choices are endless.
Here are some things you can try to freshen up your practice:
- Create a new playlist to use during your practice. Sometimes a change in music can set you on a path to a whole new experience with your practice.
- Make a day that you use your props. Props are wonderful additions to our practice and we forget sometimes that we have them at our disposal. Use them, even if you think you don’t need them and notice the difference in your body.
- Change your scenery. If you always practice in the same space, try a different location. Take your mat outside, to another space in your home or try a studio class. Changing things up with where you practice can help with any boredom you may be feeling. Have you ever gone outside and practiced Tree Pose (Vrksasana) under a big and beautiful tree? If you haven’t, you should as it is an amazing feeling to be so connected to the Earth and nature.
- Don’t plan your sequence. Allow your practice to flow in the way that your body needs. Let your intuition take over and move you through your practice.
- Take time to learn something new. Whether it’s a pose you’ve never tried or a new mudra you want to use during meditation, try it! As yogis, we never stop learning. There is always something we can discover and work into our practice.
- As you freshen up your practice, take the time to share with others what you are doing and how it has benefited you. If you teach, you can incorporate some of these changes is your classes and share your experience with your students. If you are a part of social media groups post your tips to your group. You never know who may find your spring tune up beneficial.
Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. We deserve the same attention to ourselves and our practice as we give to renewing our homes, gardens and closets. Even if we find just one thing that we can do for our practice, we will benefit from it.
April is a unique gal whose passions include yoga, writing, energy work and the occasional pin up convention. On this fantastic life journey, she has her husband and two children cheering her on. She is a 200 hr. certified yoga teacher, certified prenatal yoga teacher and Curvy Yoga certified. She focuses on balancing the chakras through yoga and meditation. Her passion is educating her community that yoga is for everyone regardless of body type or ability. She has recently opened her own mobile yoga business, Red Lotus Yoga in Winter Garden, FL. Find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and on her website at www.redlotusyogafl.com.