I often joke that yoga is my religion. And yet, as much as I love yoga, sometimes I find myself searching for fresh inspiration to re-energize my practice.
Here are 5 ideas that have helped me bring new energy to my yoga practice and my life...
1. Practice gentle breathing exercises (pranayama).
Breathing is foundational to your health and wellbeing. Since oxygen is the fuel for the human body, when you practice a variety of breathing exercises, you are actually oxygenating your cells, creating an amazing sense of rejuvenation, relaxation and naturally reducing stress.
So, as you begin to practice different forms of breath work in your yoga practice, think of yourself as energizing yourself in every level of your life; body, mind and spirit.
There are a many forms of pranayama (gentle breathing exercises) to incorporate into your regular yoga routine. Some of my favorites are: Alternative Nostril Breathing, Kalabhati breathing, Channel Cleansing Breathing, Shitali Panayama, or Bellows Breath.
With breath work, take it slowly; giving permission to build up your breathing practice day by day. Enjoy the process of developing your pranayama and meditation skills and embodying all the benefits that deep breathing offers.
2. Practice new poses.
The thing that I love about yoga is that no matter where you are in your practice, you can always learn more. When you are ready to practice new poses, prepare yourself by starting with gentle and strengthening preparation poses. I always recommend that you take the to prepare your body and mind, both physically and mentally, so that when the time is right you can effortlessly glide into your new poses.