I found yoga at the start of my twenties. Back then I remember feeling very alone. Having moved to London in my late teens on a one-way ticket and with no real plan, I would wake up at night wondering what I had done. Yes, the place was exciting, but the gloss of being near London came with the added pressure of being unemployed in one of the most expensive cities in the world.
On reflection, I dealt with this stress mainly by living in the present, in a time way before my yoga training. Don’t get me wrong it was extremely challenging, yet, there it was, fear, conquered by remaining in the present. I remember, even though I was scared, I also felt a deep sense of peace due to stumbling into this yogic way of being; it would take me years to find that sense of connection again. The key was that I had nothing left to lose, and so I surrendered.
The yoga industry is big business. Huge! It’s generally easy to find yoga in most places. Since yoga helps reduce stress and promotes a better sense of well-being, how can we learn to live a more yogic life that is beyond the poses on the mat? How can we find that peace in life when things go wrong?
Here are my top tips on how to achieve this:
- Try remembering this Buddist quote before you speak, either internal or externally: It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken in truth. It is spoken affectionately. It is spoken beneficially. It is spoken with a mind of good-will. Words impact, so whatever you are thinking, or speaking will leave a mark on the world. Be the observer of how you think and what you say. Mindfulness is a limb of yoga.
- Form positive habits that are easier to bring into your everyday life by practising things like deep breathing, meditation and staying in the present moment. Dedicate a short space of time daily to this and watch how easier it becomes to bring the yoga off the mat. Through commitment, you will grow
- Know why you act a certain way or want certain things. Are you reasons authentic or is it your shadow side? Through facing our demons, they can dissolve
- Always strive to be the best you can be at the same time enjoying the journey of life, and also making time to rest. A balanced life is the secret to happiness
- Whatever you learn on the yoga mat try and replicate that in life. So if you have overcome fear, learnt to relax, surrendered, found inner peace, etc… don’t then rush out of the yoga studio and fall straight back into a stressed frame of mind. Stop, and remember how you felt in your yoga class and then work on bringing that into everyday life. Observation is the key
So by being more conscious and present in life and seeing yoga as a continuous tool in our lives instead of just on the mat, life can become a more palatable journey. We are here to learn, so learn by our mistakes we must! Show compassion and understanding but also set boundaries by honouring self-care, self-responsibility, and self-love.
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