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Yoga - Every Damn Day


For me, the definition of yoga is constantly changing. As I'm writing this, I believe yoga is the continual practice of compassion and remaining present. The physical benefits of the asana practice are of course great, but this is only 1 of the 8 limbs of yoga. What happens when we step off the mat, out of the class and back into the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives?

Each of us has the opportunity to bring the practice of yoga and meditation into our every day lives. And trust me, I know how busy most people are nowadays. The constant access to emails, social media, and 24 hour news means that we're tricked into thinking that we have no time to truly relax. But, to practice yoga and meditation, you don't need to have your mat and active wear on.

When you start inquiring a little deeper, you might come to the realisation that it's all 'yoga' and that everything is in fact 'OM'.

THE DAILY COMMUTE

Luckily I've never had to deal with this. I've always lived walking distance from wherever I was working. However!! That doesn't mean I don't see how stressful it is. It's part of daily life for so many people and it's a part that can get people's blood boiling or fill people with serious anxiety. So just stop worrying about what everyone else is up to, stop focusing on all the negatives that you're surrounded by and bring your awareness to your breath. Draw it deep down into the base of the lungs, expanding your belly. This requires you to lengthen the inhale and the exhale. It's a great way to calm your nerves and stay focused on the present moment within YOU.


WALKING MEDITATION

A serious game changer. Simply walking, and paying attention to everything around you. Becoming aware of the weight transfer in your feet, the birds, the sounds, the sights. Not looking down at the pavement or at your phone. Not getting caught up in your thoughts, just being completely present with nature.


DAILY MEDITATION

Again, I understand this may seem difficult if you have a hectic work or family schedule but finding 5-10 minutes can be done, and once it's cemented in your daily routine, you'll never look back!

An at home meditation practice can be incredibly nourishing. You can follow a guided meditation or sit in silence and focus on your breath.

If this seems entirely unattainable at the moment then you can even find peace in daily activities like washing the dishes or brushing your teeth. As long as you are fully there in the moment then it's mindfulness.

Next time you're feeling a little stressed, just bring your attention to your breath and repeat internally: Inhale space, Exhale stress.


xx


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