Navigating the Burn Out from a Yogi Perspective

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Hey Journey Junkie Tribe, welcome to 2017!

I can’t believe it’s 2017 and we’re in a totally new year to manifest and dive in to our dreams. A new year. A fresh start.

Deep sigh of relief.

However, if you are anything like me, you might be starting out in a funk. A bad one. One that brews self-doubt, frustration and no inspiration.

This “funk” for me has been lasting for a quite a while though and I’ll dive into why.

  • My teaching isn’t going as planned (I’m not teaching at all).
  •  My full-time job exhausts me.
  •  I don’t have time to do the things that matter most to me.
  • Sleep is my escape, which is far from the practice on my mat that used to give me solstice.

So, for me it’s a draining spiral of emotions that lead to me being confused, worried and frustrated.

Your funk is probably for totally different reasons, but it’s affecting your reality and how you interact with daily tasks.

In life we go through waves– think of it like a wave on a graph. You have your high points and you have your low points. If you’re riding the big waves, you are shining and your soul is singing and life is goooood.

The low waves, however, take their fucking toll on you. But, the low waves are actually the best ones.

Wait, what?! I was just talking about how sucky the funk was. I still agree they suck, don’t give up on me yet, yogis! Why could I possibly say the lowest points in life are best?

You already know the answer deep inside of yourself. You and I have been letting this low wave kick our ass, but no longer. The longer we sit in self-loathing and doubt, the stronger the current gets to pull us under.

We are badass, soul searching, shining light house yogis, we ain’t got NO time for that!

This is what has shifted my way of thinking:

Connecting to myself, asking questions that dig shit up, and reflecting on those answers.

I do this a lot. A lot.

And from it, I’ve discovered that maybe I had to go through this tough, un-inspirational time, to figure some things out for myself first.

Does this sound familiar?


Navigating the Burn Out from a Yogi Perspective - Pin now, avoid yogi burn out now!

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January is a time of reflection and also the perfect month to lay the foundation and build the groundwork. Take this month to really, truly, get to know your blocks, your strengths, weaknesses, aspirations and desires.

Make this month about YOU.

Give yourself space, alone time, movement, happiness and health.

Focus on you and only you.

I have been turning to my journal this month and maybe writing could help you too. It doesn’t need to be fancy – just pen to paper.

Below are my journal prompts to inspire your journey:

  1. My three best characteristics
  2. My biggest dream
  3. What fears are holding me back?
  4. What behaviors are restricting me from manifesting my goals?
  5. If i could give one intention to this month, it would be?

Just some suggestions and there’s always room for tweaks!

After writing, I sit in silence for 3-10 minutes. Complete silence, so I can hear my Self talk.

Are you still with me? Are there any creative juices flowing on how to swim your way out of the “low wave”?

We have to go through low times to reach our full potential. Think of this trial as a transformation to achieve greatness with a clear mind and fresh heart.

You are meant to do great things and you are meant to heal, inspire and transform. This funk isn’t the be all, end all. It’s only your beginning, and one of many.

And lastly, I’ve been turning to my community.

Your tribe is an excellent way to help yourself and others, so don’t be afraid to reach out, share, and talk! I love gathering ideas and stories from others as many of us are going through the same scenario, but with different perspectives.

So, what do you think yogis? Are you going to make January the “Foundations” month?

Talk to me! Tell me what’s up. Let’s go out and make this 2017 one we will never forget!

With so much gratitude and love,


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Emily Wilson

Emily is a 200 RYT living in Atlanta, GA, who's calling for yoga came after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis led her to inspire and help others achieve their 'Self'. Emily is currently training to attain her 500-hour certification and continue pouring the knowledge of the past yogis and present into the lives of others. My inspiration comes from my mat and from the practice of others'. Aside from yoga, Nicole is an avid Netflix watcher and chocolate-chip cookie eater. Follow her journey on Instagram at @emilytheyogi

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9 Discussion to this post

  1. mel says:

    Thx for this post. This is what I needed today! The last days I felt a bit restless in my life, So many things I wanna do/ need to do (or at least I think I need to do that), that I got lost in the process. This gets me back on track and pushed in the right way!

    • The Journey Junkie says:

      Mel, so happy you enjoyed this pot & I can totally relate to that same emotion! Thanks for showing some love, xoxo!

  2. Chelsea says:

    Thank you for this post, Emily. It feels good to know that January isn’t just bullying me. I’m going to try the journaling!

  3. Hillary says:

    Thanks for the inspiration and providing focus!! I was just curious as to what your “full time job” was? Often I will overwhelmed with work and as if I “will never get ahead” or be “successful” in what I truly am suppose to do in this life, so when I read these blogs that are so inspirational, it doesnt occur to me that these bloggers, like yourself, might actually have REAL full time jobs and can lead stressful lives as well!! (you just make your life sound sooo peaceful :))

    • Taylor says:

      I agree with you, Hillary. I tend to think of bloggers as having fun, relaxing lives when in reality they are usually working towards their goals while juggling average jobs just like us!

      Loved this post. I will definitely come back to this when I need inspiration.

      • The Journey Junkie says:

        You hit the nail right on the head Taylor! Most bloggers are working their butts off to juggle every day life + a side hustle of passion because they simply love it! I’m one of them and it’s so much work, but so worth it!

  4. jill conyers says:

    Oh, how I needed this. Burnout from trying to do too much in my case. A life of overly inspired. Trying to dial it back to a more realistic and manageable lifestyle.

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