Now that Wanderlust is over, you've gotten home from the Yoga Journal Conference, you're back home after being away at Kripalu or a Costa Rican Retreat, you might be struggling with the shock of being back in the non-Yogic focused world.
Kripalu Center, Massachusettes
Yoga Is Everywhere
Remember that Yoga isn't meant to be practiced independent of the rest of your life. It is designed to be incorporated into everything you do. Sure, it is nice to be able to focus completely upon accessing that Asana that you have been struggling through. Spending hours of the day practicing Pranayama or Dharana is quite pleasant. These experiences of singular focus are intended to help us access the practice everywhere
Retreats and events provide opportunities to practice with teachers we may not have considered or have access to in our home town. No two teachers are alike in every way, but you can find a close approximation if you know what to look for. Once you're home again take some time to reflect upon your experience and journal about what you enjoyed. Try to identify a few key aspects of the practice and teacher that you felt most effected you. Then, explore the teachers and studios in your area to find someone that most fulfills your desires. Let go of your fear of hurting your instructor's feelings if they aren't serving your needs. It's important to find a teacher that encourages you to grow and change.
Barbie enjoys the guidance T-rex provides
Practice At Home
Hopefully you took good notes while you were exploring all that the retreat had to offer. If not, take some time to recall the aspects of the practices that you found most valuable. Write down what you remember. Ask your teacher for assistance in creating a sequence that includes the practices you most enjoyed as well as that which you think you need to continue to develop. Book a private session with a teacher who can help you to develop your individual practice outside of the studio.
Let Go of Expectations
All festivals and events hold a level of excitement that will never be replicated outside of that space. No Yoga studio can help you to recreate the thrill that you felt while you were on retreat. Let go of your desire to experience the same feelings you had while you were in the room with Rod Stryker or joining in Kirtan with hundres of others. Honor that which each experience created. Use it is help you in Svadhyaya (self study) so that you can begin to identify the feelings and excitement within yourself.
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