Yoga is OM-azing. (Get it?)
Truly though, yoga is a sacred practice that helps us reconnect with our own unique divinity.
Yoga leaves you feeling incredible, blissful, and at ease. We wish our lifted moods and free minds could last forever, but a few minutes back into the real world and we often loose our sense of peace. However, with a little bit of attention and awareness, you can learn to let the feeling of serenity extend into your daily life.
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Focus on your breathing
If you ever come to my class, you will hear me preach on the importance of breath. Our breath is the most powerful tool that we have when it comes to working with our body and mind, as it natural works to calm both. When you quickly need to bring a little zen back into your life, try focusing on a few long, deep breaths; and before you know it, you will have the beautiful savasana mindset again.
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Create a sacred space
It is a lot easier to stay peaceful when you are surrounded by a tranquil space. You don't have to turn your entire house into a Buddhist monastery, but feel free to make your space sacred. Surround yourself with your favorite items- perhaps candles for serenity, or crystals for cleansing, really whatever resonates with you and brings you peace. This is probably one of the easiest ways to maintain peacefulness throughout your day.
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What you put into your body should be highly considered, especially after working it hard. Eating poorly can quickly erase the efforts of your hard work. Yoga makes us feel light and refreshed, and to carry that feeling with us throughout the day we need to eat food that lets us feel the same way. For me, that means lots of smoothie bowls, but there are tons of other clean food options available. Be willing to experiment and see what foods feel best for you!
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A straight spine and open airway helps circulation and breath flow throughout the body, which is what we work towards in our yoga practice. Proper posture will even help to build a strong core. As a yoga teacher, even I am guilty of slouching my shoulders when I sit in chairs for too long. Its a bad habit for most of us, and will require actual effort to be fixed. Check in with yourself throughout the day and see, "How's my posture?" With just a little practice, a tall sitting posture can become more like a reflex
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Set your intention
If you want to carry out your blissful state throughout your day, make it your intention so. Setting intentions take your yoga practice to a deeper level. Most yoga teachers will cue you to set an intention or repeat a mantra at some point during a practice. This is because its training the mind along with the body. Each day set your intention, and come back to it as often as you'd like or need, You can change your intention each day or keep it the same- its all about what works for you and your practice.
These are just a few simple ways in which we can extend the zen from practicing yoga into our daily life. Feel free to comment and add ways you extend your practice into your daily life.
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