Going Beyond the OM

Trust me, you don’t always need your mat to practice yoga. So if you can’t make it to your mat (or don’t want to) here are 5 ways to practice anyway:

1. Begin your day by setting a ‘Sankalpa’ (a sacred intention, vow or desire).

Before your feet even hit the floor, set an intention. A good way to do this is to ask your body and mind what it needs. At the end of the day, what will your body and mind thank you for?

It’s important to set your intention right when you wake up when your mind has not yet been clouded with the endless tasks and to-do lists for the day. Use it throughout the day when it starts to feel a little chaotic.

2. Be kind (Ahimsa – non-violence).

Always start with yourself. So what does being kind to yourself look like? Stopping to check in with yourself before you say yes –  Going for a walk –  Telling yourself ‘I love you’ –  Getting on your mat –  Trying something new – Taking a lunch break – having a quiet cup of coffee or tea.

Remember, you get to choose – Be kind to yourself.

3. Breathe (Pranayama – Life Force).

We have spoken about this before, breathing is one of the kindest things you can do for your body. Don’t underestimate the power of your breath. If you really think about it, breathing is a sacred experience. It should be cherished – your life literally depends on it.

Stop at least one time a day to breathe intentionally for 1-5 minutes. Sit restfully and Take deep inhales, soften the exhales that’s all you need to do.  Breath in through the nose and out through the nose bringing the breath to the back of the throat, and when you breathe out feel as if you are fogging a mirror with your breath. It starts what we call the Ujjayi breath or the breath of life.

4. Fuel your body with high vibrational meals (Saucha – purity).

Just like breath is our life force, food is our energy. Food has the ability to raise your cholesterol, create brain fog, fatigue, acne, and belly fat, to name a few.

Or, food has the ability to give you vitality, clarity and focus, balance your pH, level out blood sugar, reduce inflammation, and in many instances, maybe even cure some illnesses – all by what we choose to put into our bodies.

What we put into our bodies often influences other decisions we make, so honor the vessel. It is… the only one you will ever have.

5. Keep your space organized (Aparigraha – non-possessiveness).

Clutter creates chaos. A messy outer world often means a cluttered and messy inner world. We function at a higher level when our space is clean and workable. Think simple, and start small.

Let go of what no longer serves you. Toss it. That belief that getting health is too hard? Let it go. The next time you think you absolutely need something, think twice.

So the next time you catch yourself coming up with a million different excuses to not get on your mat, remember that yoga is a diverse, unique and personal practice – and it’s accessible to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Namaste my loves,

I’ll see you Beyond the OM!!!

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