Easy tips for everyday yoga
Yoga is a vast collection of techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind, body and spirit. Ultimately, the goal is to pursue a state of expanded awareness that allows us to be more advanced and effective human beings in all areas of our lives.
Yoga’s aims are lofty, but its essence is practical and scientific. Yoga practices emphasize direct experience and observable results. It’s not a religion, but a practice of personal inquiry and exploration that asks you to try it out for yourself and use what works for you. These universal truths can be incorporated within any belief system.
The most common yoga practice in America is Hatha Yoga, one of the many aspects of this vast science. Hatha Yoga works on the mind-body-spirit though a practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (yoga breathing). These body centered practices are used to cultivate vital energy, activate inner and outer strength and fine tune the subtle energies of the body.
Yoga exercise offers something for everyone, from the beginner to the high caliber athlete to the elder to the less abled person. And yoga exercises are not just for the yoga mat or for during class. You can do yoga just about anywhere and at any time of the day. And your practice does not need to be complicated to be effective. Even the most basic techniques pay off. Take some classes. Find some exercises that resonate with you, and practice them whenever you can.
Need a little extra energy in the middle of the day? That’s the perfect time to sneak off for a little refreshing yoga, maybe right in the office. Need some gentle yoga to sweeten a busy day? Take the time you’d usually spend on a coffee break and break your stress routine. Hey, in a pinch, your desk is the perfect place to bring yoga into your routine.
The important thing is to actually do the practice. Even if you can only squeeze 15 minutes into your schedule, you can find rejuvenation in yoga.
What’s your secret to making your yoga practice a daily commitment?