As per me, I find that the rigidity is mostly of the “mind” because the mind gets bored easily. And it wants out.
I also find that when the mind gets “bored” it is probably because a break-through or a deepening is happening.
Leaving the practice could be counter-productive at a time of discomfort because it is exactly when things are shifting.
So, to continue with a daily and dedicated practice, and yet keep it real, I do three things:
1.- KEEP THE RITUAL AND DITCH THE PRACTICE FOR THAT DAY
On days when I cannot practice it because my mind just WON’T, then I do the “ritual”, meaning that I set up the mat and get ready, take one breath or do just one sun salutation and that is it…
I stop right there.
So I keep the ritual, and ditch the practice, for that day.
I get to keep the “container” and the “sacred space” so that whenever the energy or the urge to practice returns everything is ready.
2.- READ INSPIRING YOGA LITERATURE
The energy of other practitioners, funneled through books, stimulates me…
For example I recently read (and interviewed) David Keil’s Functional Anatomy Of Yoga and the book proved to be a gem.
Little tips from the book helped me go within, into the body, and concentrate as I practiced. I tell a little tip in the video that is making all the difference.
Not only that but I learned new ways to approach poses and correct some mistakes.
There are also books on philosophy that inspire me, like Light on Life by BKS Iyengar among hundreds of others.
3.- GO TO A NURTURING YOGA RETREAT
When I find myself bored or not wanting to practice, that is exactly the time when the practice is about to get deeper, and a retreat helps me…
I choose retreats carefully.
I go to teachers I respect and that know a lot more than me, then I feel this nurturing… this new insight, this time to forget the world and go within.
I am grateful for the questions that people send me here and I hope this inspires you to keep getting on the mat, to practice and let all the rest come. Because it does come.
Here is a previous question I received at AskClaudiaYoga with the video answer:
Stay tuned for “TheYogaPodcast.com” coming up in January.