Since the pandemic shutdown began last March, so much has changed. Our routines are different; the rhythm that we had grown accustomed to became unrecognizable.
And now, as we emerge from this big shift and re-enter public life, we realize that not only do things appear different, we are different.
Some of us turned to our practice for deep nourishment during this past year, and some of us experienced our practice fall away for one reason or another. What is true for all of us, that whatever our habits and routines looked like in March 2020, the look very different now.
If your yoga practice has fallen to the wayside during this time, and you're wanting to return to it but don't know how to bring it back into your life, don't fret. We've all been there. Forming a habit or a new routine is hard. Researchers in London found that it takes an average of 66 days for a new habit to stick. The longer you keep the routine, the harder it is to break it.
Coming back to your practice after a hiatus can be challenging. It's an important part of the practice to experience, because we often compare how our practice felt and how our bodies responded to the movement and stillness and that comparison can cause feelings of inadequacy or failure. But, the beauty of the practice is accepting yourself as you are and working to let go of expectations about how your body should behave or feel.
In fact, coming back to your practice after a break can give you new insights about how your body responds to yoga, and perhaps how much your body, mind and spirit benefits from a regular practice.
The body remembers, but the mind often wants to take over. If you can let your body ease back into the practice, quieting the mind as best as you can of its commentary, you'll find an easier transition back onto your mat.
Shoshana will be offering a special practice on Sunday, May 23 to help with reconnection to practice and to your present state. The practice will involve mediation, movement, mantra, breathwork and journaling to help you move to a place of honoring where you are and savoring the moment.
This will be held in the studio and simultaneously on Zoom from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Please reach out with any questions.