Ways to soulfully infuse YOGA into your daily life.
Art by Dana Vogel
With the practice of yoga on the rise and more people becoming health conscious, the 2012 Yoga in America Market Study surveyed that more than 20.4 million Americans are practicing yoga daily.
Yoga can be both a physical and mental practice helping to bring a sense of calmness to your day.
Stretching can also bring positive and uplifting energy into your mind, body and soul.
No matter your lifestyle yoga can be beneficial to you.
Let’s explore five beautiful ways to soulfully infuse yoga into your daily life.
Start off simple and be gentle with yourself is the first step.
Make your routine as simple and time worthy as possible so you are motivated to stay on track.
Don’t over think the poses keep them gentle.
Think of these tips as a soulful meditation.
The most important part of starting a practice is to stick with it even if it gets tough just keep pushing through, it will be worth it in the end…trust me!
The second way to infuse yoga into your life is to dedicate time to your practice.
It’s about prioritizing, instead of sleeping for nine hours, sleep for eight and go to yoga.
Online classes are great for those who can’t get to the studio but feel the need to practice.
This is how you infuse yoga into your daily life, by never making excuses for your practice.
Now on to my few suggestions….
Forward folding according to can help to calm the brain and relieve stress and mild depression, stimulates the liver and kidneys, stretches the hamstrings, calves and hips, improves digestion, reduces fatigue and anxiety and helps relieve headaches and insomnia.
I suggest trying different variations of forward folds that seem to fit your circumstances best.
The most common forward fold is standing forward bend aka Uttanasana, you stand tall with your hands on your hips and begin to fold over your legs letting your neck hang and shoulders relax, you can stay in this pose for as long as needed or go on to other variations. Try folding forward whenever you need to release lower back tension or take a few moments to breathe.
Pranayama aka the “control of life force” is studied by many yogis around the world.
“Prana” is breath or vital energy and “Ayama” means to control.
Deep breathing is the starting point; this will help to detoxify the lungs. Twenty minutes a day will “increase the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic, which promotes a state of calmness”
This style of breathing can be used any time of day to calm down the mind and heart.
Last but not least Sun Salutations, are a great way to begin your day, a series of yoga poses performed in a continuous flowing sequence and intended to improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles.
Put together a simple sun salutation that consist of ten poses or less to practice in the morning and at night before bed to bring a good night’s rest or a elevated morning.
Try these tips to infuse yoga into your life and pass along to someone who may need a little extra love and calm energy.