If you haven’t practiced yoga at least once, you could be missing out on one of the best tools possible to find balance and ease in your life.
Well, the same basic messages that I have been learning for years in yoga class can be applied to everyday life to help bring you inner peace, balance, and joy.
All you need is an open mind and open heart.
Here’s how it can work for you…
In yoga, you are constantly reminded to focus on your breathing and to be present.
But what exactly does being present mean?
It means that you are not thinking about the fight you had with your husband yesterday or what you need to get at the grocery store tomorrow. You are simply focusing on your current state of being.
Being in the moment, reminds you to be more mindful of wherever you happen to be.
When emotions or thoughts come up, you acknowledge them, be gentle with them, and accept them just as they are. This type of awareness helps you live with more inner peace as you make room for the full range of your human experience.
EFFORT AND EASE, REPEAT
This beautiful BALANCE always exists in yoga. I had a bad habit of pushing myself hard for days, where everything I did was ALL EFFORT and no ease (except for sleeping).
Make sure that you take time every day to add some EASE into your life.
Whatever that may look like for you. Maybe it’s a walk in nature, laughing with a friend, reading a book, taking a power nap during lunch break, or a relaxing bath at the end of the day.
LET IT GO
At the beginning of our yoga class, you always start with taking a series of very deep inhales through your nose and loud exhales through your mouth. On the exhale, you are instructed to LET IT ALL GO.
How liberating would it feel, if at the end of every day, you took several deep breaths and just let it all go?
Let go of the anger, anxiety, worry, guilt, negative thoughts, control, fear, limiting beliefs, depression, grief, hatred, and judgment.
One of my favorite quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh says
“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our hearts we still cling to anything –anger, anxiety, or possessions, then we cannot be free.”
BE A WARRIOR, NOT A WORRIER
Worriers focus on all the possibilities of everything that can go wrong.
Warriors focus on how to overcome any potential obstacles that could cross their path.
The worrier will manifest their own problems and adversity.
While the warrior will manifest confidence to overcome any obstacle presented to them.
Worriers quit when the going gets tough because they don’t believe in themselves.
Warriors believe they can do anything they desire because they believe in their unique skills and talents.
DON’T FORCE OUTCOMES…
…JUST SHOW UP AND BE ALL IN.
Why is this important?
What are the costs of not doing so?
What are the benefits of doing so?
Namaste literally means “I bow to you”.
At the end of every yoga class, the instructor bows and says Namaste and the yoga students do the same.
This represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each and every one of us that is located in the heart chakra. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another.
I love this acknowledgment because it takes me to a place of gratitude and aligns me with the truth that we are all one when we live from the heart.
Live your truth, love yourself and others, and if it doesn’t serve you….let it go!
Which of these resonates with you most?
Which one seems like it’s the hardest to do?
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