After my first yoga class I started practicing yoga daily at home. It became the first thing I did every morning before talking to my house mate. (I was 19 when I found my yoga teacher and was busy studying pharmacy) My life had two parts for quite some time back then: the yoga practicing part in the morning and in the evening, and the other “worldly” part. I experienced always a gap between these two worlds. Somehow these worlds seemed to be quite the opposite from one another. My yoga teacher always said to incorporate yoga in your daily life, that yoga begins after the yoga session. It took a few years of my persistence until I suddenly realised that it had become a lifestyle, that the gap wasn’t there anymore.
So what was the key to that? The main key was the practicing of being the outside observer of myself and situations I encountered. This is basically a practice of the mind: not identifying with the busy-ness of ones mind, but observing it from the outside again and again. This broadened my awareness in every-day-life situations and my actions became more conscious than spontaneously unreflected.
When the sense of self becomes a firmer experience one starts to feel a connection within oneself and with other people, animals and nature in a very new and different way. As the mind becomes calmer your daily interactions with people become “real” experiences and less “to do list items”.
Coming back to answer the question “what is the key” for yoga to move from being a practice once or twice a week to a lifestyle?
1. Regular practice of asana , pranayama (breathing practices) and Yoga nidra /meditation
2. Simplifying your life on all levels: decluttering your home, starting a simple and clean diet without getting into an obsessive frame of mind that starts telling you that there are all the things you are NOT ALLOWED to eat, because that creates just a more complicated mind and a less free and happy experience of life.
3. Spending some reflective time every evening where you don’t just see what you could have done better, but where you practice full self acceptance and where you “count your blessings”.
If you feel overwhelmed by these three points, then know that starting with one thing and doing it regularly, which means DAILY, will keep the wheels rolling in the wanted direction.
And the best, and maybe also easiest, is to become aware of your natural breath again and again during the day. This practice will get you back into the present moment from where everything flows.
And to get into the healthy habit of a regular practice you can join me 25th of May - 1 June 2019 in Tuscany.
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