Let’s be honest - when we’re on vacation our daily practice wanes a little bit (ok, a lot). I mean yoga is my muse, but when I’ve traveled home to visit family, when I’m sitting on a white sand beach, when I’m hiking a trail I’ve never been on before I’m admittedly not fitting in a full yoga asana practice. Meditation and mindfulness -maybe, but asana -no. I might do a pose for a picture in some picturesque location, but again, not a full asana practice. And that is absolutely, without-a-doubt, no strings attached ok. It’s normal for our practice to wane when we’re on a break from our normal routine. I tried to keep it going, but naturally when my routine changed so did my practice. That’s because the practice is part of my regular routine. I’m proud to say that. When I’m in my routine I’m practicing daily, when I’m out of my routine, not so much.
There’s no point in feeling guilt, shame or disappointment over this. It’s merely reality and it’s done and over with so it’s utterly useless to dwell on the fact that I didn’t practice for the past week and a half while I was in Ontario. The break felt good, but now I’m back in Alberta and I’m honestly itching to get back into my groove. Ok, I NEED to get back into my groove haha (for my sanity/safety and also the sanity and safety of those around me). But whereas before I left on vacay it was customary and second nature to fit in an hour or two practice on my own every single day, it now feels laborsome and demanding. I feel so hard pressed to take care of every other obligation (emails, scheduling, overdue posts, class planning, registration, plus scheduled work shifts and now university course work) that my asana practice feels back-burner.
Been here, done this. I travel a bit, and although I always take my yoga mat I usually practice for the first few days and then I let it slide because we’re on the road or I’ve got events booked, or whatever reason. And then I find myself in this same place upon coming home. I find myself with a mute practice over and over and over and over again - I’ve gone through this process of trying to rebuild my practice post break multiple times...
So, this time I thought I’d actually write out what it is I do to bring my practice back to life after being on vacation. Perhaps having the steps written down will be of benefit to myself now, in the future and also to anyone else who is in the same boat as me.
A step-by-step approach to bringing your asana practice back to life post vacation…
Again, maybe these steps will work for you, maybe not. Maybe one will and another won’t. I’m sure there are a plethora of ways to bring your practice back to life after being on vacation that I haven’t mentioned or ever done. With that being said, I’d love to hear what you do to get back on your mat after a period of waned practice! Share your advice in the comments below, write it out in a post, email me haha! I'd love to hear what works for you :)
Ok, off to diffuse some cedarwood, watch Steph Gongora flow it out and downdog my morning away!
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