Getting back into Yoga after a looong break

  • eM_Jay

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    Jan 24, 2016 9:31 AM GMT
    So for reasons i won't bother going into now, i stopped my regular yoga practice about a year or so ago. Good news is i just recently got a bit of motivation to start up again and stop watching/offering theory only. On the other hand, constant demotivation... icon_sad.gif

    I know i'm not the first or last person to ever try getting back into yoga or a workout regiment in general, but i feel guilty every time i try (and fail) doing a move i used to be able to. And they're not particularly hard asanas or anything. I have to really battle the mental side of me in my recent attempt at practice, but my discipline and steadiness have pretty much evaporated to leave behind the big ball of self-doubt and uncertainty before you.

    Anyone have some tips or tales they wanna share about this experience? I've looked at a number already and i'm hoping i'll get some inspiration or something from hearing what others have to say.
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    Jan 24, 2016 9:35 AM GMT
    Do you only do yoga for the physical aspects? I think the mental and spiritual (emotional) aspects would help you be less critical of yourself and enjoy the process of regaining your strength, flexibility and stability. Today I was listening to a podcast while working out (cardio). It was an interview with a spiritual leader of sorts. He said a quote which I have found helpful in the past even before i had heard the quote. If you are climbing a mountain its ok to quit, as long as your feet keep moving.
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    Jan 24, 2016 9:48 AM GMT
    Definitely not just for the physical part, though that's maybe 70% if im honest. Spiritually i've been getting back into the groove and that's primarily why i decided to get back into yoga rather than just punching stuff at the gym like i've been doing for the past few months. Yoga's always helped with my elevated stress and anxiety. Only thing is now instead of providing me with calm and peacefulness like it usually did all that time ago it's become another source on my already long list of stressors. That's why im critical. I know the benefits but now they're not there and that's getting me psychotic (tiny bit)...
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    Jan 24, 2016 10:01 AM GMT
    eM_Jay saidDefinitely not just for the physical part, though that's maybe 70% if im honest. Spiritually i've been getting back into the groove and that's primarily why i decided to get back into yoga rather than just punching stuff at the gym like i've been doing for the past few months. Yoga's always helped with my elevated stress and anxiety. Only thing is now instead of providing me with calm and peacefulness like it usually did all that time ago it's become another source on my already long list of stressors. That's why im critical. I know the benefits but now they're not there and that's getting me psychotic (tiny bit)...


    I know where you are coming from. I set my self back for a year whining and complaining about the weight I gained after an injury. Now I realize how far ahead I could be if I had just gotten back into it instead of beating myself up about "failing". How about trying something different. Try a different form of yoga. A form you cannot expect to be proficient at. Try tai chi. There are so many ways you can mix meditation and movement. Even boxing can be seen as meditation if your focus is on keeping present with each movement or each strike. See if you can take a class on thai massage or buy a dvd and practice with a friend. Even though you cannot charge for massage thai massage is based on yoga. It can help reinforce your yoga practice while allowing you to practice metta by giving and or receiving thai massage.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 24, 2016 2:46 PM GMT
    Here I was going to give you some Yoga advice (as my senior contributor to my weekly fitness show is a Yoga instructor and trainer), but it sounds like more of a "mental challenge" (no pun intended). I'd suggest a couple of things, maybe exploring some counseling and classes on the topic to get in touch with yourself in more detail. Maybe you can identify the issue and work with it (so to speak). The other thing is to change up the whole approach with Yoga..... have you thought about working with someone, or simply teaching a class (to begin) in a school or gym setting, where you have definitive "start and end".
    Just some ideas. Best to you for success!
  • eM_Jay

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    Jan 24, 2016 5:46 PM GMT
    MrFuscle said
    eM_Jay saidDefinitely not just for the physical part, though that's maybe 70% if im honest. Spiritually i've been getting back into the groove and that's primarily why i decided to get back into yoga rather than just punching stuff at the gym like i've been doing for the past few months. Yoga's always helped with my elevated stress and anxiety. Only thing is now instead of providing me with calm and peacefulness like it usually did all that time ago it's become another source on my already long list of stressors. That's why im critical. I know the benefits but now they're not there and that's getting me psychotic (tiny bit)...


    I know where you are coming from. I set my self back for a year whining and complaining about the weight I gained after an injury. Now I realize how far ahead I could be if I had just gotten back into it instead of beating myself up about "failing". How about trying something different. Try a different form of yoga. A form you cannot expect to be proficient at. Try tai chi. There are so many ways you can mix meditation and movement. Even boxing can be seen as meditation if your focus is on keeping present with each movement or each strike. See if you can take a class on thai massage or buy a dvd and practice with a friend. Even though you cannot charge for massage thai massage is based on yoga. It can help reinforce your yoga practice while allowing you to practice metta by giving and or receiving thai massage.


    Sounds good. I'm always willing to try something new. I know a few qi-gong moves so tai massage sounds like a cool idea. Thanks
  • eM_Jay

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    Jan 24, 2016 5:51 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidHere I was going to give you some Yoga advice (as my senior contributor to my weekly fitness show is a Yoga instructor and trainer), but it sounds like more of a "mental challenge" (no pun intended). I'd suggest a couple of things, maybe exploring some counseling and classes on the topic to get in touch with yourself in more detail. Maybe you can identify the issue and work with it (so to speak). The other thing is to change up the whole approach with Yoga..... have you thought about working with someone, or simply teaching a class (to begin) in a school or gym setting, where you have definitive "start and end".
    Just some ideas. Best to you for success!


    Thanks for the suggestions, really appreciated. I've been trying to convince myself to get over my nerves at "sucking" and just go for classes, to help with the "start and end" approach. But luckily i got ahold of an instructor who also does therapy and he says we can do one on one sessions. I think that may be good. Atleast it sounds better to me than being in a full class again while i dont have the confidence to yet...
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    Jan 25, 2016 3:12 AM GMT
    I know exactly how you feel. Had to take some time off from yoga and now I have to work to get back where I was, flexibility wise.

    Just take it day to day, and your body will tell you when it's ready to do more.
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    Jan 25, 2016 5:29 AM GMT
    eM_Jay saidSo for reasons i won't bother going into now, i stopped my regular yoga practice about a year or so ago. Good news is i just recently got a bit of motivation to start up again and stop watching/offering theory only. On the other hand, constant demotivation... icon_sad.gif

    I know i'm not the first or last person to ever try getting back into yoga or a workout regiment in general, but i feel guilty every time i try (and fail) doing a move i used to be able to. And they're not particularly hard asanas or anything. I have to really battle the mental side of me in my recent attempt at practice, but my discipline and steadiness have pretty much evaporated to leave behind the big ball of self-doubt and uncertainty before you.

    Anyone have some tips or tales they wanna share about this experience? I've looked at a number already and i'm hoping i'll get some inspiration or something from hearing what others have to say.



    Do heart opening Asanas since you describe a mood indicative of a constrictive heart chakra. I would give flow yoga a try ( Vinyasa ) to get your mind off of god damn static perfection. Nothing in the universe is perfect and static.
  • eM_Jay

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    Jan 26, 2016 10:58 AM GMT
    Thanks Alpha13 and Soulman for the support and suggestions. Really appreciate someone knowing where im coming from and offering some good quality suggestions. icon_biggrin.gif