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Are You Living Your Yoga or Are You Just Doing Yoga?

November 2, 2015

You need not step foot in a studio, or place a single toe on a sticky mat to benefit from the powerful practice of yoga.

The most common objections I hear for why people don’t practice yoga are:

  • “I’m not flexible.”
  • “I don’t have time for yoga.”
  • “Yoga classes are too expensive.”

Thing is, yoga isn’t necessarily something you do... Yoga means “to yoke.” It means complete union with the supreme source. It is total connectedness to all that is.

Yoga doesn’t mean touching your toes, wearing the latest Lululemon, or sweating your butt off in a 105 degree room. Sadly, yoga in the West has become seriously misunderstood. Now, don’t get me wrong: I think a Westernized version of yoga is still better than no yoga at all, but the point I’m really trying to make is that the true practice of yoga doesn’t require anything physical.

Practicing yoga requires an intention to live with awareness––a commitment to have compassion for all beings, and devotion to something higher than yourself. It’s an accessible practice for all beings to do anytime, anywhere.

I encourage you to erase your previous beliefs surrounding yoga, and I invite you to join me among the “Yoga Living.”

I believe that with enough attention, you can turn everything you do into a yoga practice, even the most mundane.

For example:

  • Can you wash dishes with gratitude?
  • Can you silently bless a stranger?
  • Can you send an email with kind, loving words?
  • Can you commit to living and speaking your truth?
  • Are you willing to do better today than you did yesterday?
  • Are you ready to bring more awareness, peace, and love to everything and everyone?

Yes? I thought so.

So, if you missed your favorite vinyasa class this morning, or never plan to make contact with a sticky mat, you can still live your yoga. Simply put: To live your yoga, you must do your best every day, and be the best you can be, for the benefit of all living beings.

I’m excited for you, Living Yogi, to leave the world brighter and more beautiful than you found it. Thank you for your contribution.

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” –Sharon Gannon

Photo:McLennan, Wanderlust

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