After practicing yoga for a few years, I started to branch out and attend workshops and conferences to expand my knowledge of yoga in all its forms. It was fun to go to a class and feel like a beginner again. Learning new styles and experiencing new teachers was not only fun, but it deepened my yoga practice. I suppose it encouraged me to define what yoga meant to me. After stumbling across a variety of viewpoints and perspectives on yoga, I was confronted with the reality that I had to choose one for myself.
Is your practice feeling stale?
Are you feeling like your practice isn't bringing you what you originally hoped it would?
Is your practice focused too much on the physical?
Are you feeling like you need a change?
If you answered yes to any of these, why not explore a bit? Try a new style of yoga, attend a workshop or a conference, take a class with a different teacher, embark on a formal study of the Yoga Sutras or other definitive yoga text, or perhaps sign up for a teacher training. I find that every time I explore the world of yoga, I learn a little something more. I see things in a new way. I change the way I relate to my practice. You can do the same -- whether you've never practiced yoga before or you've been practicing for years.
Here are some resources to get you started in finding classes/events/workshops in your area:
Just remember one thing -- keep it fun and playful when you're exploring. Go easy on yourself as you take beginner missteps and embrace the joy of being a beginner that concentrates more on being rather than knowing.