November 11, 2018

Lizard Pose Image with text overlay: When You Don't Feel Like Doing Yoga

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We all have those days. Days where we’re feeling lazy and dragging our feet. Those days where we just want to lay around, and we lack motivation. Days where we just don’t feel like doing yoga.

I am very familiar with this feeling because I feel this way more often than I’d like. As my fiancé always says, all feelings are valid, so if you’re feeling this way, know that it’s totally ok. Know that it’s also ok to skip your practice if what you need is something else.

 

If You Don’t Feel Like Doing Yoga – Don’t

I’m a big proponent of a daily, or semi-daily practice. I believe that the consistency of regular practice is one of the keys to overall well being. But I also believe in listening to your body, mind, and soul.

There are going to be days where what you really need is not a yoga practice. You might need a walk outside, or a nap, or a long bath. Heck, what you really need might be Netflix and some ice cream!

Self-care takes many different forms, and it’s important to have a variety of self-care practices to choose from. Doing so will ensure that you always have a self-care practice that’s suited to what your body, mind, and soul are seeking.

Related: The Consistency Series: Why Consistency Matters

 

Then Again, Maybe DO!

All that being said, there are some days where you don’t feel like getting on your mat, but you know that it’s exactly what you need.

Maybe it’s your body that yearns to stretch and release, but your mind resists. Perhaps it’s the opposite – your body feels heavy and sluggish, with no motivation for yoga, while your mind craves a meditative state.

I believe that if we take a moment to pause, close our eyes, and listen, we are capable of discerning whether or not what we need is a yoga practice, or something else.

If you’re really lucky, your mat speaks to you as you pass it, as mine does (“Natalie baby, it’s been a while, let’s play!”. When my mat speaks to me, I try to listen. I’ll walk over and just stand on her…see what happens.

Sometimes I just close my eyes and breathe consciously for two minutes. Sometimes I end up flowing for over an hour. You never know what will happen when you step on that magic carpet.

 

Feeling Lazy?

So if today is one of those days, and you’re feeling lazy, with no motivation for yoga, I invite you to just step on your mat. If either your mind or your body are saying “I don’t feel like doing yoga!” – just step on your mat. Close your eyes and take three deep breaths.

If after those three deep breaths you conclude that you do not, in fact, want to practice, then give yourself permission to skip practice for the day. If, however, you feel just a smidge of motivation to do something on that mat, then hit play below, and I’ll meet you on the mat 😉 

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Lizard Pose Image with text overlay: Yoga for When You Don't Feel Like Doing Yoga. For when you're feeling lazy and lacking motivation.
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I am a yoga teacher who focuses on bridging the gap between what happens on the mat and life off the mat. Yoga is life – it is meant to be lived!

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  1. Great article, shared by a yoga instructor I met in California and get emails from weekly. I had begun a 3 days a week home practice, after much encouraged from my regular weekly yoga instructor. After a trip & fall, with a subsequent rotator cuff injury and repair, I worked my way back to a weekly class; then a 3 days a week practice. It’s usually 25-30 minutes, unless I follow a class online. I rarely skip it, and if I don’t feel like practicing, I either do it the following day,or have a shorter practice, 10-15 minutes or so. If I get going pretty well, I might just have a longer practice that day. This works out great for me and I love doing yoga to stay centered, strong and flexible!

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