Teaching yoga is a lot like writing. You write drafts of classes, they have driving themes and a climax. You easily find yourself with yogi's block just like writer's block. The cure is the same.
Stop thinking and start moving. It doesn't matter if it's your pen or your right leg.
You want to create a new sequence for your next class on Ishvara Pranidhana, surrender to the divine, or whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.
A page in your notebook is plastered with notes about what it means and how it could fit into a practice.
The element this theme associates with is water because surrender isn’t passive, it’s active and powerful. The second chakra and the hips are related to the movement and fluidity of water. Your third chakra relates to the powerful intention of the element in its flow. Ok, good.
Sitting on your mat, it all seems like it should be so simple, but nothing is happening.
You even know what poses and words could glue most of it together. Maybe you even have an apex pose picked out.
The thought of practicing all this just doesn’t have any glow. After 20 minutes of pranayama (fancy word for breathing), you abandon trying to create a class and focus on what would make you feel good.
Nothing seems remotely interesting.
Well, you’re still sitting there. You can’t think anything into perfection. You have to get started, even with gibberish. No, especially with gibberish.
Stop sitting there and start moving.
Get the mind unstuck by moving the body and the practice will start to unfold. It doesn’t matter what pose you start with and it doesn’t have to mean a damn thing, just move. That’s it. Now, do something else, anything else.
All of a sudden, you catch yourself smiling. It feels good to move. Maybe, the beginning of your sequence comes to you. Maybe, the theme solidifies.
Maybe, you have to do this again tomorrow.
You won’t know what you’re teaching until you start moving; just like you won’t know what you’re writing until you start typing.
Breathe deeply. Start moving. Keep moving.
In severe cases, this isn’t enough.
When you feel like yoga is pointless and you don’t even know why you bother with it, you need to refresh your batteries.
Go outside and play. Hike up a mountain. Go see a concert. Dance. Read a book. Ride a bike. Watch a movie. Swim in the ocean. Learn something new. Catch up with an old friend. Make a new one.
Sometimes you need to find new inspiration.
No matter what, the cure is to get moving—on or off your mat.