As consumers, we see a lot of fitness trends come in and out. One day, it’s bow flex that will give you the world’s thickest six-pack. On another day, Pilates is going to “elongate you“ and turn you into Kendall Jenner. These are all trends that are meant to flood the market and get out quickly. What we should be looking at, is tried and true means of physical and mental exercise. This is why, time and time again, people turn to yoga. Yoga has been around for thousands of years and has helped countless people be more physically fit, mentally organized, and spiritually centered. If you’re looking to integrate Yoga into your daily life, and reap the benefits of persistence, here’s what you can do.
3 Ways to Integrate Yoga Into Your Daily Life
Most of us have done yoga at least once or twice in our life. Maybe we do it once a week to blow off some steam. But the great benefits of yoga come from daily practice. The greatest way to master anything is to teach someone else. One way to ensure this is to take your skill level and get it to a point where you can teach. However, finding yoga teacher training classes that fit your lifestyle can be difficult, especially if you’re looking for something that has a much different approach. You would want something that will give you the tools and the connection needed to adequately convey Yoga to another.
Teaching Yoga is a beautiful thing. You’ll find that it becomes a part of who you are.
The 4th Limb
Yoga is not just about bending and contorting your body in a million different ways. It’s a mindset. Yoga encompasses, or at least addresses, every aspect of human life. Surprisingly enough, we haven’t changed much in those tens of thousands of years. We’re still the same people. So, in our busy lives, whether we are in the office, running our business, hospital, or watching the kids, we can do simple yet effective techniques like breathing. Pranayama is the 4th limb of yoga and inexplicably vital. A simple 5 to 10-minute yoga breathing exercise can clear your mind, relax your body, and give your brain the much-needed oxygen to poise yourself for the rest of the day. Now that is patently Yoga.
The physicality of yoga and the amount of mental toughness that it takes, unlike sports like football or power lifting, is meant to get an individual to a place of actionable peace. That rage is not fed but moved past in yoga. Yoga is a martial art that you can practice alone. In doing so, we learn patience and respect for others, in the same way, that martial art teaches it. Practicing that with our office mates, our peers, our friends, is how we incorporate the principles of yoga into our daily communication. In turn, you will find that others will open up and pour their positivity towards us.
Daily yoga and clear persistence are what it’s all about. Do it because you love it. Do it because you owe it to yourself and others to be kind, patient, physically capable of what the day has to offer. Yes, the poses are important. But what is equally important is teaching others, breathing for your mind, and loving Yoga. This is how you practice yoga every day.