Over the past 10 years or so of practicing yoga, I've had periods where for many reasons I've not done any yoga. Sometimes it's been short periods of time, others it's been year long breaks. On many of those occasions it's been when I've been too busy and ironically in most need of yoga! Somehow, I've rediscovered the mat or the mat's rediscovered me and it's reignited my love for yoga.
Over the past couple of years, through DYWM and studio classes, I've practiced most weeks, a lot of the time a few times per week. I've still however had periods where I've stopped, got out of a routine and had to rediscover yoga again. I organise DYWM group classes at work, and that is often the best way to get me back on the mat as I've others that rely on me, and once I re-start I just can't stop.
I've heard others say they put their mat out the night before so it reminds them to do yoga the next morning. Or they ease themselves in gently with short classes to remind them of how good they feel.
How about you. Have you ever taken extended breaks from yoga? what got you back on the mat?