You know that feeling when you leave a good yoga class. You’re euphoric. Every cell of your body thanks you for giving it exactly what it needs. You tell yourself, “I’m going to practice yoga forever. I always want to feel like this.” And for awhile — three months, six months, maybe even a year — you’re committed to a regular practice and feeling wonderful.
Then something gets in the way — a short illness, an important meeting — and you skip a class or a home session. You justify it because you’re busy and you’ve been doing so well. Then it happens again. Soon, you’re out of your yoga groove and struggling to get motivated again.
Why resistance happens
It’s part of human nature that we tend to self-sabotage and procrastinate. Psychologists find that this behavior is often learned in early childhood and continues into adulthood, unless you take active steps to counter self-defeating thoughts and habits. But it is possible — and common — for people to overcome this type of emotional resistance.
How to counter resistance to your practice
The longer you’re away from yoga, the more daunting it can feel to come back to the path. But you will be surprised how quickly your body and mind remembers the joy to be found in your practice. You can try any (or all) of the thirteen techniques below to get back on your mat.
Yes, modern life can get in the way of our practice. But you can always come back, and more easily than you think. This moment, and every moment, you have the choice. Your yoga practice is something you deserve and something you can do to benefit all beings. Dedication to your practice will help you bring forward values our society sorely needs, such as self-control, humility, kindness, empathy, and moral courage. Yoga is not just a gift you give yourself, it helps you bring forth your gifts to the wider world. Recommit today.