I was asked the other day… "Do you ever get bored of teaching yoga?" And my initial thought was "Damn. Did I sound bored when I was teaching my class? Was I super monotone? I need to record myself teaching so I can properly assess this."
Once I got over taking it personally, I started to think about it. I've never felt boredom when I'm teaching, per se. It's totally awesome and exhilarating when you're in the zone of teaching a yoga class. It's life-affirming to think you're guiding people through poses that are going to help them on and off the mat. So never bored… but what we can sometimes feel as a yoga instructor is stale. Stale or stuck. Uninspired.
It's like anything. You have to keep filling your cup. In order to grow, we need to be challenged. If I taught the same sequence with same music day in, day out, I'd probably be pretty bored. And possibly start to hate it. So we have to keep things fresh. Whatever our profession, however our lives look... we all need inspiration. We can't flourish in a vacuum. That inspiration can come from anywhere. Yes, taking a world-class yoga class would be my ideal daily inspiration, and the reality is that life doesn't always work like that. So the practice is finding inspiration in everything.
Traveling is always source of spiritual inspiration for me, as are blogs or books. For cooking ideas, I love Instagram… for inspiring quotes, Pinterest. Nature also provides incredible divine inspiration - a gorgeous sunrise or sunset is such a gift. A fun dinner with friends can give you the humor you need to clear whatever is blocking you. Or it doesn't even have to be so big. We can be inspired by a smile, a kind gesture. I bought a lily this week that had lots of buds on it but no flowers, and it has been my pleasure to see it bloom a little more each day. I am grateful to be a witness to it's beauty, completely outside of my control.
As I ponder more, I don't even know if I believe there is such a thing as boredom. I personally think it's a lack of motivation combined with a lack of inspiration... and the shift is simple. If we want it. Through gratitude for the things that we already have and living consciously - observing the world around us for what it is - we don't have to look very far to be inspired.
It's already right here.