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Practising Yoga as a Lifestyle

I often mention in my classes, “Make yoga a part of you; Let it enhance your lifestyle.” But, then I realized, not a lot of people know what I’m talking about.

Yoga asanas might last for 60 minutes, in your day. But, yoga as a lifestyle is there with you, just like your breath. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the eightfold path is called ashtanga. Which literally means “eight limbs”.  These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life.

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Yoga as a lifestyle

The practice of yoga expands our prana and brings a certain stillness in our mind-thoughts. While practicing Shavasana, we store that energy, that it can be used at any given point. Thus, patience, resilience, awareness, willpower is easily accesible. But, we need to make that effort. Everytime, we choose to be aware and more responsive (rather than reactive). We are making a strong neural connection in the brain. And eventually it becomes a part of us.

Attitudes for Right living

The Yoga Sutras outline four attitudes for right living:

  • Maitri-sukha: Friendliness
  • Karuna-dukha: Compassion
  • Mudita-punya: Cheerfulness
  • Upeksha-apunya: Indifference towards the wicked

We are social beings. A lot of our time is spent in interaction. Thus, the four attitudes make our life easy. Besides, always remember, “Treat the others, the way you want to be treated.”

Wellness Inside out

Being healthy is the basic necessity in life. Thus we need to be aware of:

  • Nourishment (Eating habits)
  • Sleep and Relaxation
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Hobbies (Things that keep us happy)
  • Environment (Where we spend our maximum time; Is it nourishing or it is toxic? )

Simple measures make a huge difference in our life.

Mindfulness

“When you do something, do it with one hundred percent of the mind. Don’t do it half way. Whatever you do, do it with full concentration. Swami Satchidananda”

Just being aware when eating, working, talking or relaxing is so fulfilling. We often think time is flying, well then live every moment of it! This helps our mind in being focused and eventually it is easier to quite the thoughts. Start small and you will love the rippling effect in the other parts of your life.

Conclusion

Yoga is a way of life. Each person’s yoga pathway is constantly evolving and changing. As their relationship with themselves and with the world around them changes. Entering the yoga lifestyle means committing to living life fully and to performing actions mindfully. It means adopting a non-judgmental stance and being open to letting go of the ego and embracing a spiritual journey.

One day, people will just know you are a yogi. You won’t have to scream or expain! That’s the day you know, yoga has become a part of you. 

Iti Jain

 

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ItI jain

Yogi. Blogger. Storyteller After, a decade of being a fitness enthusiast and various trial and errors with corporate jobs and teaching (post a PG degree in Management).


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