Fall Back In Love with Yoga: 6 Fun Ideas to Spice Up Your Practice
September is National Yoga Awareness Month, an entire month celebrating the ancient practice of yoga. It’s no wonder yoga is such a popular form of exercise, as not only does it feel good but it’s also associated with a number of health benefits including reducing stress and anxiety by lowering cortisol levels.
Ready to get your flow on this season? Whether you’re a yogi newbie or have been practicing for years, this month on the Vibrant Health blog we’re sharing six ways to spice up your practice and fall back in love with yoga.
6 Ways to Spice Up Your Yoga Practice this Fall
- Attend a Fall Yoga Retreat
- Make a Yoga Playlist
- Invest in Feel-Good Yoga Gear
- Try a New-to-You Yoga Style
- Bring Your Flow Outside
- Set an Intention for Yourself
1. Attend a Fall Yoga Retreat
Shake up your usual yoga studio routine by booking a wellness retreat. Research retreat centers near you, like New England-based Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. In addition to yoga, retreats may also include healthy meals, spa services, workshops, and downtime to relax and explore the premises.
2. Make a Yoga Playlist
Music can be a great way to stimulate your senses, in turn deepening your yoga practice. Tap into your creativity and have fun making your own yoga playlist — filled with songs that make you feel good. Use an app like Spotify to create your own free playlist today!
3. Invest in Feel-Good Yoga Gear
Spice up your yoga game by buying yourself some new feel-good yoga gear. Think: a bright-colored tee, playful yoga mat or some handy props (like a cozy bolster). Not only can this add new energy to your practice, but it can also help you feel more confident. Win, win!
4. Try a New-to-You-Style
Are you looking to shake up your yoga practice? It may be time to try a new style! If you typically go for a fast-paced vinyasa class, consider giving restorative or yin yoga a go for a slower pace with gentle stretching. And if you’re looking to take your practice to new heights — literally — sign up for an aerial yoga class, which utilizes hanging silk hammocks for a unique “anti-gravity” experience.
5. Bring Your Flow Outside
Changing your scenery can breathe new life into your yoga practice! And there’s no better way than by taking your flow outside in nature. From your backyard to the beach, there are endless spaces to move your body amongst the great outdoors.
6. Set an Intention for Yourself
Last but not least, a wonderful way to fall back in love with your yoga practice is setting a seasonal intention for yourself. Tap into your body and ask yourself, “How do I want to feel?” Then take some time reflecting on your intention by meditating or journaling it out pen to paper.
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