What My Yoga Mat Taught Me About Mindfulness In Action

What My Yoga Mat Taught Me About Mindfulness In Action

Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. When we do not make time and space for mindfulness in our lives, it can be difficult to achieve. Complacency, numbness, worry, and distraction are all states of mind that we may easily go into without even realizing it. Once the cycle has begun, it can be difficult to break free. Taking a few moments to halt and then to breathe is a simple but effective first step.

My Magic Mat

When we have a solid home base – a foundation for attentive awareness — it is much simpler to return. This foundation, like the soil in which a plant establishes its roots, provides us with a sense of security while also allowing us to grow larger and stronger. Yoga has always served as a foundation for me, and my magic mat serves as my home away from home. It’s possible that it’s something completely different for you. It may be anything as simple as sat meditation, cycling, or jogging. You must choose a practice that is most effective for you, and once you have done so, you must grow, nourish, and safeguard it.

At that point in my life, I saw yoga as a purely physical endeavor, something to be discovered and explored.

  • My mat was simply that: a mat, a place where I could engage in this physical activity on my own time.
  • At various periods in my life, it was also my mother who encouraged me to practice sitting meditation, which I eventually did.
  • Years later, I found myself trapped in the hamster wheel of my pharmaceutical sales work, and I was unable to spend as much time with my parents as I (or they) would have like.
  • She urged me to try meditation as a stress-relieving technique to reduce my anxiety.
  • It was she who promised me that meditation would increase my productivity and provide me with more vitality.
  • Although I was not quite ready for meditation at the time, yoga had established the seed of attention in my mind.
  • It was primarily intended to be a means of getting some exercise and becoming stronger and more flexible.

Vinyasa yoga captured my heart as it evolved into something more than simply workout.

When it comes to fostering awareness and unblocking your vital energy, or prana, meditation is a very effective strategy.

As an alternative to concentrating primarily on the body, I learnt to retreat deeply inside myself, concentrating on each conscious breath while simultaneously quieting my busy thoughts.

I came upon a smarter, stronger, and more calm version of myself that I had never known before.

Because of my yoga practice, I’ve come to learn that mindfulness is just being in the present moment.

Yoga also provided me with the opportunity to pursue Transcendental Meditation.

Years of constant practice have allowed me to carry this insight — as well as a sense of tranquility — with me throughout the day, even when I am not on my magic mat.

It is this modest yoga mat (a rectangle of sticky vinyl that is otherwise ordinary) that has become a constant in my life.

Contrary to popular belief, the more solid our home base is, and the more firmly we establish our foundation, the easier it will be to transport.

It continues in other places.

When we learn to incorporate mindfulness into the fabric of our everyday lives, it has the potential to have far-reaching consequences.

The power of mindful choices energizes us — not just because they improve our health and well-being, but also because they align our hearts and minds and connect us with our mission.

In addition to being an executive wellness coach and speaker, she is a Forbes contributor, as well as the CEO and founder of Prananaz, a corporate wellness organization that improves leadership effectiveness as well as employee engagement and well-being, company culture, and business outcomes.

She and her spouse currently reside in New York City.

A chapter taken from the book Pause, Breathe, Choose: Become the CEO of Your Well-Being (Pause, Breathe, Choose: Become the CEO of Your Well-Being). Naz Beheshti owns the copyright to the year 2021. New World Library — www.newworldlibrary.com — has granted permission to print this material.

My Yoga Mat

While I don’t recall my first yoga session in great detail, I can readily acknowledge that I was far from a model student throughout the first few months of my yoga practice. In between showing off my newfound abilities, I whispered to my neighbor, chuckled at the funny and unique phrases that my teacher used, and let my ego take the wheel as I demonstrated my newfound abilities. However, one thing I DO recall as clearly as if it were yesterday is the sensation of stepping upon my own yoga mat for the very first time.

My First Mat

My husband gave me my very first mat as a birthday present some years ago. It was a dark grey sweater that he had specifically chosen for me. Designed for “serious” yogis, this mat is my favorite shade of 50, which is just dark enough to conceal the wear and tear that would occur where my hands and feet rubbed against the mat. This was the right present for me at the time, and even though I have gone through a few new yoga mats over the years, the sentiments I felt about my first mat and the ones that followed are still fresh in my memory.

For a long time, I was slipping and sliding all over it.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of owning a slippery mat would understand precisely how I felt, and I’m confident that you will agree that it is a horrible feeling.

After dozens of downward facing dogs, I discovered that I could put my confidence in the fact that I would eventually find a stable surface on which to generate traction and gain strength.

More Than a Physical Space

Yoga has the potential to be extremely personal and transformative for those who practice it. These activities may take place because our mats give the physical area for them to take place. As soon as you step onto a yoga mat, you are giving yourself permission to look within and contemplate. It’s as though the four corners and four sides of that simple rectangle combine to form a miniature replica of the world we live in today. The existence of the possibility of finding strength, tranquility, and clarity in a given world.

  • Arriving on my yoga mat provides me with a safe area to process my emotions, no matter how intense they may be, and to have a deeper connection with my body and mind.
  • I have found myself on my yoga mat on some of the greatest and worst days of my life.
  • My confidence in my ability to do anything and effortlessly fly into a steady dancer position has been tested on several occasions.
  • Many tears and much more perspiration have been collected on my mat.

The practice of mindfulness on my mat has allowed me to develop my own practice of mindfulness and to be able to share it with others, whether it is related to yoga postures (such as holding my first crow for more than a fraction of a second) or to provide a safe space for me to process complicated emotions (such as grief).

It Doesn’t Need to Be a Mat

I hope that you, too, have a spot where you can go to find serenity in the midst of the chaos of your daily life schedule. It’s a safe haven. It’s a safe sanctuary. A location where you can get a better sense of your position in this chaotic and complicated universe. This location serves as a yoga mat for me. I had no idea how much those first few visits to my mat would influence the direction of my life until I realized it after the fact during those first few courses where my etiquette was anything but desired.

While a real “yogi” does not require a mat in order to perform asana or meditate, I prefer to have one nearby for convenience.

What Yoga Has Taught Me Off Of The Mat — Simplicity With Katie D

Generally speaking, when people think of yoga, they see being flexible and having the strength to perform bizarre yoga positions. With the influence of Western society, yoga has evolved into more of an industry and fitness regimen. If you go back to the origins of yoga, you will discover that it is more of a way of life than it is a physical workout or even a sport. After completing my yoga teacher training, going to India, and engaging in a variety of other types of continuing education, I have entirely transformed my way of thinking and living my life.

  1. Over the course of this epidemic, I have seen individuals pushed to their limits and forced to live in a state of tiredness, anxiety, and worry.
  2. I wasn’t aware of how deeply I had been immersed in survival mode until I began my yoga teacher training and began to take a step back and examine myself in the process.
  3. I was constantly preoccupied with the future and failed to appreciate the present.
  4. I’ve transitioned from a state of “fight or flight” in order to survive to a level of contentment.
  5. What are your thoughts?
  6. There is a method to decrease, if not completely eliminate, these obligations while also finding everyday happiness; it all begins with practicing yoga.
  7. To be really honest, I believe that everyone might benefit from a bit more yoga in their lives right now, especially given the circumstances we have been dealing with over the last few weeks and months.

My experience as a student, instructor, and observer has provided me with invaluable lessons throughout the past ten years, and I’d want to share with you my top nine yoga takeaways in the section below.

Taking pleasure in the simple things, especially after becoming a mother of two kids, has been my top priority.

Before I started practicing yoga, I used to spend much of my spare time fretting about things I had no control over.

If you spend your time dwelling on the past and/or worrying about the future, you will lose out on the opportunities that are there in front of you.

This holds true for any and all physical distractions as well.

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Please put your phone down.

Secondly, breathe.

It may seem little to take a deep breath, however taking a complete deep breath may be extremely nourishing.

Your breath may be manipulated in a number of ways to bring about relaxation, stress release and cleansing of the entire body and mind.

Consider how your present condition has radically transformed since then.

If you are not conscious of your thoughts and behaviors, you will not be able to progress to your enlightened condition.

One of the keys to satisfaction is being able to examine your own particular actions and embracing yourself for who you are right now.

With continued practice on and off the mat, you will soon learn that you are your own best friend and most important support system.

Through practice, you may learn to constantly examine oneself.

4)Have high ethical standards.

When we live our lives with strong values and self-discipline, we find ourselves in a more genuine and loving condition.

It’s comparable to the golden rule.

This is something that we could all use a bit more of right now.

Cleanliness, thankfulness, self-discipline, self-study, and dedication are all good virtues to cultivate.

Live simply and with sincere intentions in mind.

Among these are unfavorable evaluations and regrets, as well as harmful relationships and situations.

When I quit my previous work, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.

You must clear away the clutter and distractions in all aspects of your life in order to obtain clarity and devote your whole attention to the things that matter the most to you.

It is imperative that you get rid of any items in your life that are no longer helpful or functioning in your house.

6)Be Thankful for What You Have – As soon as you realize that genuine happiness comes from inside, you’ll be able to begin to let go of all of your “wants,” particularly those that are material in nature.

When you are preoccupied by negative emotions, it is difficult to remain appreciative and compassionate.

Take, for example, the capacity to breathe and be alive in this day and age, which is something that many of us take for granted.

Sometimes, while I’m teaching, I’ll begin class by inviting students to think of one or a few things they are grateful for in their lives.

7)We Are Constantly Learning and Evolving – Regardless of whether I’m on my mat or not, there is always something to learn.

Every day, they provide me with something new to learn.

Through my yoga practice, I find it particularly beneficial to think on this.

Every day is a fresh start with a fresh set of experiences.

Eighth, take pleasure in the trip – If there’s one thing I’ve learnt through my practice, it’s that each step of the journey is equally significant.

Throughout our lives, we are always moving through cycles, also known as “vinyasas.” When one door shuts, we open another, so beginning the next chapter or a new chapter in our lives.

Finding pleasure in each of these phases has helped me to reach a far more pleasant state of consciousness.

When I discovered that I could genuinely have a work that brought me joy every day, I realized how out of sync I had been with my life’s purpose up until that point.

We become fixated on our final objectives and fail to see the crucial actions that must be taken in between.

In the same way that yoga connects our body with our breath and mind, we are all interconnected with one another and with the universe.

It is important to remember that we are all a part of this cosmos, and that this universe is in us.

Knowing this, we should all be sympathetic toward one another, especially in light of the state of the world at the time of publication.

We must all recognize how intertwined we are and make it a point to share love, support peace, and be nice to one another in order to go forward.

It is really performed in India to prepare the body for sitting comfortably during meditation, which is why asana is called “posture.” Asana practice is a reflection of our own personal habits, including how we are feeling, thinking, and acting in the present moment.

The more aware we are of our bodies and their links to our minds, environments, and interpersonal interactions, the more effectively we can alter once we leave our mats.

A yoga practice is about being in the now and appreciating the journey towards growth and connectivity that is taking place.

It is the union of the breath with the body and the mind.

My aim is that, if this inspires even one person to walk onto their mat and delve deeper, I will have assisted in moving someone else toward a more positive state of mind. Let’s get out there and practice our yoga! How do you incorporate yoga into your daily life?

Yoga Mat as Launching Pad: How Your Practice Can Prepare You for Social Action

Nadia Colburn contributed to this article. Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the news these days, on sometimes (or on a regular basis)? I know that when I am feeling overwhelmed, returning to my mat, connecting with my breath and my body, and recharging my batteries is beneficial to me. We may use our yoga mat to come back to our center, to de-stress, and to recall who we really are, no matter what is going on in our lives: the news, our jobs, or our families. The result can be that we see a dichotomy: on the one hand, there is the outside world, and on the other hand, there is our yoga practice; on the one hand, there is the world of others, and on the other hand, there is the safer world of the self.

This is something I frequently experience, but ultimately, living in this dualistic manner is exhausting and can only take us so far in our practice.

Yoga asanas, or physical activities, account for the majority of yoga practice in the United States today.

However, that physical exercise served as an entry point into a more expansive and all-encompassing experience: I was able to first perceive the separation between my own mind and body and then to bring mind and body closer together as a result of moving mindfully in the present moment and releasing tensions that had built up in my body via physical activity.

  • Yoga helped me become healthier and more flexible in my body, but it also helped me become healthier and more flexible in my mind and emotions.
  • My practice produces many benefits, but the most significant result isn’t actually about me, as essential and profound as these changes are.
  • After all is said and done, the genuine result of our labor is revealed.
  • Yogic ethics is divided into two parts: the first is concerned with global morality and the second is concerned with the application and adherence of that moral code on an individual level.
  • In between these first two limbs and the following four limbs, which comprise pranayama and different phases of meditation that help to concentrate the mind, the physical asanas serve as a transitional step.
  • So, what does this signify for us in the present day?
  • Many people believe that they should leave their morals and social involvement outside the door of the yoga studio, or that they should leave the outer world outside their yoga mat.

When I’m in my teaching settings, I find myself having a similar dialogue over and over again: How can we assist all of our students in a compassionate, nonjudgmental environment while simultaneously speaking and acting in accordance with our values?

And how do we support these ideals without being embroiled in the sometimes-disgusting machinations of politics?

A similar pattern may be observed in political thinking, which frequently drives us to think in terms of external results rather than internal values; while making political calculations, we may opt to neglect a moral ideal in order to achieve a bigger external goal.

In order to improve our attention when practicing, we may need to lock the door and switch off the television during our practice sessions.

As a result, we are practicing so that we can live our values of not harming others and so that we may feel completeness and connection—both inside ourselves and with others—everywhere we go in our lives.


Perhaps our yoga practice will enable us to respond to the news with more of the qualities that we bring to the mat: presence, serenity, strength, and flexibility, for example.

It is the same as our asana practice in that it is just a practice.

It doesn’t make a difference.

After all, after yoga class is over, the world will still be there, with all of its wonder, all of its complexity, and all of its news, waiting for you.

Find out more about Kripalu’s Month of Compassion by visiting their website.

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5 Life Lessons I Learned On The Yoga mat

You only have one chance to make a difference in this life; what will you do with that opportunity? What kind of life do you want to lead? What do you believe will be your defining moment? For much of my life, I’ve lived by the adage “feel the fear and do it anyhow.” Life is frightening, unexpected, and demanding, but it is also meant to be experienced to the maximum extent possible for us. Don’t settle for anything less than excellence. Raise your voice in defense of the truth, love, and compassion.

This is something I learnt through yoga.

Here are some of the most valuable teachings I’ve taken away from my yoga teachers while sitting on my yoga mat over the years.

1. Being A Yogi Doesn’t Mean That You Are A Doormat

The question is, what will you do with the one and only chance you have to make a difference in this life? What sort of life do you want to lead? In your life, what will be your defining experience? “Feel the fear and do it any way” has been my life philosophy for many years. Living life to the fullest extent possible is a terrifying and unpredictable experience that is both tough and demanding. Set your sights higher than average. Truth, love, and compassion must be upheld at all costs! It was by discovering who I am as well as what I can offer the world and how to take action that I discovered my inner strength, my inner power, and my unique gift.

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My understanding of this came about one breath at a time, one moment at a time, and one life-altering crisis at a time.


2. Being A Yogi Means You See Both The Good And The Bad And You Acknowledge It

You only have one chance to make a difference in this life — what will you do with it? What kind of life do you want to have? What will you consider to be your defining moment? “Feel the fear and do it any way,” has been my life mantra. Life is frightening, unexpected, and hard, and above all, it is meant to be experienced to the maximum extent possible. Don’t be satisfied with mediocrity. Take a stand for the truth, love, and compassion. I discovered my inner strength, my inner power, and my inner gift as a result of learning about myself, what I can give the world, and how to take action.

Each breath, each moment, each defining scenario taught me something new.

3. Make A Difference And Take Action

The Bhagavad Gita’s central topic is the importance of taking action. Complaining about a condition while doing nothing about it makes you a contributing factor to the problem. In order to discover what you genuinely care about and what your contribution to this world is, make a list of the things that make you angry and then look through it.

The things that you would alter if you had the ability to do so Consider the possibility of altering their behavior; all that is required is the determination of where and how to begin.

4. Take A Look At The People Around You

What effect do they have on you, and what effect do you have on them? Are there people in your life who are preventing you from living the life you want to live to the fullest? Are you putting people at a disadvantage? Examine your interpersonal relationships and weed your garden. Those who do not adhere to your core values must be removed from your organization. Spend less time with these people and establish clear boundaries between yourself and them. You should only surround yourself with people who will help you grow, who will keep you grounded, and who will look out for your best interests.

5. Go Out There And Conquer The World

Do you have a dream that you’d like to share? So, what are you going to do with your one and only chance at this existence? Should you stay on the sidelines or take the stage? It is possible to achieve your goals as long as you are alive and well. OWN UP TO YOUR ACTIONS. One of my yoga students, who is 76 years old, informed me the other day that she wants to learn to perform a handstand. And do you know what else? We’re going to go ahead and do it! You are your own best cheerleader and motivator.

Take action now rather than putting off decisions till later.

I have faith in you.

Lessons from the Yoga Mat

Several years ago, I took a hot yoga session at a studio in my neighborhood and purchased a reduced package of five courses. The yoga wasn’t exactly what I was interested in; I’d attended a few of classes in college, but they hadn’t really “stuck.” I went there only for the heat. In the midst of a particularly bitter Midwestern winter, a 95-degree room sounded just great. The yoga practice has stayed with me and has transformed me in profound, if gradual, ways. It has helped me develop awareness, boosted my strength and flexibility, and taught me valuable lessons about humility and perseverance.

  • I am now going on a new path as a certified yoga teacher, following hundreds of lessons and the successful completion of my studio’s training program.
  • Whenever I fall in love with anything, I want to go further into my personal experience while also inviting others to do the same for me.
  • It’s a very important piece of work.
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  • School assignments were always tough, job tasks were daunting, and dealing with parental dilemmas was a fruitless endeavor.
  • Yoga is teaching me that in order to touch my toes, I must first reach for them and then accept where my fingertips rest without judgement.
  • While cueing a challenging posture this morning, my instructor pointed out that if your arms aren’t long enough, you would never be able to get the full expression of the pose.

In this case, acceptance is taught through the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know when to accept the things I cannot change.” I believe I will always have a slight trembling when confronted with difficult situations; just as my arms aren’t going to grow any longer, I am unlikely to gain a positive outlook suddenly.

Although I have no guarantees, I hope that all of the yoga I do on the mat will help me become stronger and more flexible in all aspects of my life, even the tough positions that life will throw at me off the mat. Listen to the podcast episode that was recorded for this post.

World Mindfulness day – How Mindfulness Helped Me — BAYLEAF YOGA

This morning marks the start of World Mindfulness Day, a day dedicated to promoting awareness of the importance and benefits of practicing mindfulness. Taking this occasion, I chose to share with you how my mindfulness practice assisted me in overcoming my mental health difficulties and how it encouraged me to become a yoga instructor.

“Yoga is the journey of the self through the self, to the self” – The Bhagavad Gita

Asana was the first step in my yoga journey. I initially learned about Kundalini yoga in 2010, when I attended my first class. In my mind, I was a good candidate since I had a background in the performing arts, dance, and competitive athletics. That Kundalini class, on the other hand, was a significant challenge. The practice of integrating breath with movement caused me to tremble and gasp, and I was convinced I was going to pass out on multiple times. After that, I didn’t enroll in another course for a time.

  1. And as a result, I began to equate yoga practice with deliberate movement and (pardon the expression) stretching.
  2. My home practice evolved over time as I began to include meditation and philosophy into it.
  3. It was the inclusion of these practices, which came at a time when I was in desperate need of them, that allowed me to achieve new levels in my practice.
  4. They improved my mental clarity, increased my self-awareness, and provided me with a newfound sense of delight.
  5. It has enhanced my life in innumerable ways, and I consider myself fortunate to be where I am now as a result of it.
  6. In the past, I had been stuck in a dark despair, and I had been so worried that I couldn’t even get out of bed at times.
  7. Because of my depression and anxiety, I have had to deal with them from childhood and adolescence, respectively.

I instinctively believe that no youngster should be subjected to such adversity.

The human intellect is a priceless possession.

As a result, if we become trapped in a vicious cycle of negative thought and action, the consequences may be disastrous to our life, and it can be extremely difficult to break free.

The most significant change yoga has brought about in my life is the improvement in my mental health that has resulted from it.

I used to believe that because of it, I was unable to achieve, have, or be anything at all.

It was difficult and unpleasant, and I was forced to do it on my own time.

However, it was my path, my rehabilitation, and my responsibilities that was at stake.

I have the ability and resources to bring about positive change in myself, my life, and the lives of others. Whenever I was upset and just wanted to be ‘well,’ it taught me patience, humility, and endurance, which I used in other situations.

“Yoga gave me agency.”

The practice of meditation and conscious examination of my thoughts and emotions enabled me to achieve insight and control over my own thinking patterns. With the help of mindfulness practice, I became more conscious of everything I was doing that was contributing to my own pain. There were clearly events that occurred that were beyond of my control and that played a role in adding to my situation. It is possible that not everyone will be able to meditate their way to improved mental health. It can be useful for everyone, though, to become more aware of how negative thinking patterns impact us and to progressively learn how to cope with them.

  1. It took me years before I could tell anyone what I was going through, and much longer before I could trust anyone to help me cope with it.
  2. I was determined to do all in my power to extricate myself out of the hole I had dug myself into, so I attempted everything.
  3. However, if you believe you are in danger of harming yourself, I strongly advise you to speak with someone you trust and get professional treatment immediately.
  4. It was something I couldn’t talk about with anyone for years.
  5. There is never a time when you are alone, and there is never simply one route out.
  6. Make a note of how you feel before, during, and after, and keep a record of your progress to track your progress.
  7. Persevere.
  8. Allow your mindful practices to serve as a rock for you, especially when you’re feeling particularly resentful of yourself for engaging in them.
  9. While I may sometimes feel as if I don’t have control over my body, my thoughts, or my life, I now understand that I do in fact possess the necessary skills to bring me there.
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“Yogas Chitta Vritti Nirodha.”Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind.-Patanjali, Yoga Sutra 1.2

This is the yoga quote that I use the most, and it serves as my personal mantra. It brings back memories of how yoga changed my life and continues to preserve my life. It assisted me in putting to rest the negative sentiments I had been harboring for the most of my life. It demonstrated to me that they were under no obligation to define my existence. Including my struggles with mental illness, I’m really thankful for everything that has gotten me to this point in my life and to this community.

  1. The practice of yoga gave me life; it gave me agency, meaning, and hope.
  2. I’m hoping that by sharing this, it would provide a ray of hope to anyone who is now in the dark.
  3. If you are currently suffering or have been affected by mental health difficulties, please contact us immediately.
  4. NHS DirectIs a national nurse-led helpline that provides medical assistance to the public.
  5. Phone: +44 (0)8445 4647 (0845 4 NHS) Helpline for mental health information provided by SanelineHelpline.
  6. Phone: +44 (0)8457678000 (12pm- 2am every day) Send an e-mail to [email protected]
  7. Telephone: 0845 7 90 90 90, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  8. In addition, it offers a varied range of information, brochures, factsheets, and publications on a variety of topics, including pharmaceutical and alternative therapies; mental health problems; good mental health; and service users’ rights and responsibilities.
  9. Phone: 0845 766 0163, Monday-Friday, 9:15 p.m.
  10. YoungMinds was founded on the experiences of children, young people, parents, and carers.

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get on your mat — Blog — Empower Yoga

Yoga has been a part of my life for more than a decade. One thing I’m certain of: it’s one of the most consistent and transforming things I’ve ever done in my professional life. The practice of yoga has been a consistent presence in my life for the past ten years. I adore yoga and continue to take pleasure in my practice as well as the opportunity to explore my body, mind, and spirit. Yoga, in my opinion, is a gift that everyone should take use of. Over the years, I’ve discovered that yoga not only has multiple physical health advantages, but it also has the power to improve your mental health as well.

I hope this article motivates you to give yoga a try, and if you have already tried it, I am confident you will agree with the points I have given below.

Here are some of the life lessons that yoga has taught me.

Follow your heart’s desire: Once the door is opened, the possibilities for love and happiness are limitless! I found yoga while working in a job I despised and living in a state of constant negative thought. Yoga assisted me in opening my mind to a world of unlimited possibilities. Yoga provided me with the power and insight I needed to overcome my doubts, anxieties, and concerns. On the contrary, I have the ability to tune in to my inner self and follow my heart. My current position as an entrepreneur, who has built her own yoga studio in an effort to give back to the community that has given her so much, would not have been possible without the practice of yoga.

  • You are capable of more than you give yourself credit for, including the following: I think that through drive, hard effort, and perseverance, I will be able to achieve any objectives I set for myself in life.
  • Nonetheless, I can perform them today (at least for a few seconds at a time haha) because I just continued to practice, acquire strength, and master the technique one step at a time.
  • I understand that things might be frightening at times, but it is at such moments that we are reminded that we are still here.
  • Live in the present: This is something that I continue to struggle with, but I strive to improve on a daily basis.
  • Anxiety, tension, and even depression can develop when we are continually concerned about things that we have no control over or cannot change.
  • Yoga is an excellent tool for assisting you in reaching your goals.
  • Here is where we will find the answers to the questions of what we must let go of in order to begin living.

In the midst of a challenging scenario or when feeling disturbing emotions, the first thing that springs to mind is “just breathe.” It’s only a matter of breathing slowly, in through the nose and out through the nose (eyes open or closed).

When we are in a challenging yoga posture, it is common for us to clench our teeth and/or stiffen our shoulders or faces.

It’s critical to remember to relax and take a few deep breaths at these times.

Unnecessary strain leads to stress, and stress is detrimental to our entire health and well-being.

As time passes, what you have now may be gone tomorrow, so cherish and enjoy it while you still have the opportunity.

It’s important to remember that the trip is more important than the goal.

This is true in yoga and life.

It’s okay to fall:You know that stance that appears and appears to be completely difficult to achieve?

The same is true in life; stop thinking about whether or not you will succeed and instead simply attempt it and keep trying until it sticks!

More difficult positions need a lot of warming up and working your way up to them; some postures take a long time to master.

The importance of alignment cannot be overstated: It is important to correctly position your body during yoga poses in order to reduce the danger of injury.

If you engage in behaviors that are inconsistent with your basic beliefs, you put yourself and your goals at danger and hinder your ability to achieve them.

No matter how many teacher trainings he or she has taken, he or she does not live in your body and does not experience the same emotions that you do.

You can never go wrong if you trust your instincts and do what seems right to you.

Every position has a number of variants that may be used to make it more supportive or more difficult.

There’s always something new to learn, something new to see, something new to do, something new to overcome.

Practicing yoga has assisted me in developing the resilience, courage, and inner strength necessary to believe in myself and never give up.

Never give up!

You may feel physically powerful at times, yet at other times your equilibrium may be wrong, and that is perfectly normal.

Take a few seconds to observe and accept what is happening, and then reflect on what you have learned. Keep enjoying the adventure of life and challenging yourself while being positive. Never give up!

3 Mindfulness Practices for Everyday Life — Meta Yoga Studios

The phrase “Mindfulness” has grown increasingly popular in modern-day discussion and living, but what exactly does it imply and imply? The key component of mindfulness, in my opinion, is awareness and pure presence. It is the ability to make a conscious transition from autopilot, distraction, and multitasking to a purposeful focus. It is an exploration of the present moment that is free of judgement, free of reaction, and filled with curiosity. What is so appealing about mindfulness is that it can be applied to our everyday lives with relative ease.

As opposed to compartmentalizing a basic chore like as brushing our teeth while thinking about a dozen other things, we can intentionally choose to direct all of our attention to the subtle motions and sensations of the work itself, transforming the process into a contemplative and mindful experience.

Consider these practices as an opportunity to bring the deeper awareness that we cultivate in yoga into everyday situations throughout our lives.

I hope you find these approaches helpful.

Take a deep breath and place your feet firmly on the floor.

Begin walking slowly at first.

Pay close attention to any little differences in your stride, your walking pace, or your walking pattern.

As you continue to walk, take note of any additional patterns in your body or in the flow of your breath that you notice.

This wandering of the mind may occur innumerable times; simply accept it as part of the practice’s core and return to the sense of each step taken.

Is there anything that stands out to you in the seemingly insignificant elements of the world around you?

Continue walking for the remainder of your journey.

In addition to being an excellent sitting meditation in a comfortable posture, it may also be an easy approach to connect to mindfulness when waiting in a lengthy line or travelling on a public transportation system.

Even if you are unable to close your eyes completely, you can soften your gaze toward the ground or towards an object that will remain constant for the duration of the practice.

During this technique, you should not shape your breath in any way; instead, simply observe your body breathing.

Maintain an awareness of the breath’s rhythm, quality, and texture, and make an effort to smooth out any discrepancies you observe along the way.

Allow your mind, body, and breath to be at ease.

Gratitude and Radical Acceptance are two important concepts in life.

Take note of the little things that happen in your life that allow you to notice, feel, and be filled with thankfulness.

Simple but deep, this expression will allow the body to become more relaxed.

Recognize and cherish both the joyful and the traumatic experiences that have given us valuable lessons along the road.

Practicing mindfulness may help you connect with your genuine self while also lifting the responsibilities that may drag you down on a daily basis.

Aside from these specific strategies, it is possible to bring more awareness to a variety of chores, and I encourage you to experiment with things like making tea, eating, journaling, coloring, doing the dishes, or walking the dog from a different perspective to see how it works for you.

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