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July 30, 2015

Reconnecting with our Intuition: Remedy for a Yoga Rut.

Flickr/Angela Marie Henriette

What fuels me as a yoga teacher is my intuition.

This is the part of Self that is naturally creative—the part of Self that guides us in our daily life, through conversations or food and music choices.

When teaching yoga classes, I trust my intuition to guide my choices and language with sequencing.

Over the years, there have been times when I’ve come home to my husband and said, “I feel like I’m going through the motions.”

At first, I wasn’t quite sure what caused the feeling of becoming disconnected, from a source of inspiration that naturally flows through each of us.

I would often feel discouraged, having taught many classes for years—why all of a sudden? Why this week? Why today? Is something wrong?

In hopes to remedy the situation in time for my next class, I would watch videos, take a class, read a book on postures or make a new playlist.

Although each worked temporarily, I knew in my heart the solution was not external.

With time, experience and a lot of trial and error—I inevitably became more in tune with my intuition. I began to recognize that what felt like an occasional “rut” or a lack of inspiration, was actually my mind-and-body’s way of signaling to me: I’m tired.

The flow of inspiration that came, from connection with my intuition, was hindered by tired muscles, a distracted mind and a busy schedule.

Rather than creating more work for myself by feeling the need to “freshen up” and seek immediate inspiration, I learned that it was the opposite that would truly remedy and reconnect me—rest.

Perhaps more yoga does not necessarily mean better teaching. Perhaps appreciating life in its simplicity is what nourishes our Intuition.

Give your Self proper rest—you deserve it, and you may find that you are better able to serve others.

Below is a list of 10 self-care techniques that I choose from in times of exhaustion or lack of motivation to restore. Rather than seeking outward—go inward.

Trust and strengthen the connection you have with your own intuition.

1. Wake up early and watch the sunrise.
2. Take a 30-minute silent walk in nature.
3. Eat all natural, fresh whole foods.
4. Take a day off.
5. Drink plenty of water.
6. Eliminate caffeine and alcohol.
7. Meditate for 20-minutes.
8. Journal.
9. Lay in the grass and feel the support of the earth.
10. A day of silence.

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Relephant:

How to Bust a Yoga (Teaching) Rut.

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Author: Ashley Colloton Loescher

Editor: Yoli Ramazzina

Photo: Flickr/Angela Marie Henriette

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