When You’re Just Not Feeling It
Some days you get to class or onto your mat at home and you feel great. You are energized, motivated and inspired. Your movements come easy and feel amazing. Maybe you get into a challenging posture or stay present throughout the entire flow. You finish and leave your mat feeling accomplished, refreshed and just overall amazing.
There are inevitably those other days though, when you’re just not feeling it. I think we’ve all had one of those days before. Maybe you’re just not having a good day in general or maybe you’ve felt fine until you get on your mat and it’s like your body just isn’t working right. Your body just feels heavy and tired, your movements take more effort than you feel like they should and you just don’t seem to be firing on all fronts. These are the days you might just quit if you are at home by yourself or just feel like pulling back into child’s pose for the duration of the class. On these days, it’s easy to get off your mat feeling frustrated, sad, upset or deflated. It’s okay though! It’s totally fine to have days when you’re just not feeling it and it’s a great opportunity to learn and practice other forms of yoga and meditation.
Personally for me, this has been a big lesson I have learned lately while being pregnant. There have been a few days when I have gotten to class and realized my body just isn’t doing what I have come to expect from it. Other times, I just don’t have the energy and motivation to make it to classes I typically like to go to. On these types of days it’s easy to get frustrated or down but I have to remind myself that it’s okay to take it easy (or off) some days and that listening to your body and knowing when to push yourself or when to back off is an important part of life and yoga.
There are a lot of ways to incorporate yoga into your daily life even when you’re not motivated to make it to class. You can stretch and do some breathing exercises in the morning before you get out of bed, you can take a few minutes in the middle of the day to clear your mind and take some deep breaths or you can roll out your mat at home and go through some vinyasas at your own pace and intensity.
For me though, sometimes I know I need the extra motivation to actually practice by going to a class with other people. A wonderful thing about Yoga Time Studio is that it offers many different types of classes. On days when a power class just isn’t something your mentally (or physically) ready to tackle, a gentle slow flow or stretch class might be perfect. It’s also important to remember even if you’re in a guided class that you can always go at your own speed and modify to fit your needs and where your body (and mental state) is at on a given day.
Also, you never know… there have been many times where I have dragged myself to class feeling tired, unmotivated and uninspired and have had an amazing practice and left feeling great.
So if you’re just not feeling it, listen to your body, maybe try something new, or just get yourself onto the mat because you might be surprised. No matter what though, remember every day and every practice is different. If you have a bad day, don’t stress over it and allow yourself to learn from each experience.