April 9 | The Lifestyle |
Doing yoga for 20 years has meant that I have gone through lots of phases – in my practice and in my life. In that river of life, there has been times where I have done less asana and more active / traditional exercises or have been injured and had to shift my routine.What I have observed in those times, is that changing what I am doing for exercise has informed my yoga practice and it has also deeply changed my day-to-day life.
For me, yoga and meditation shows up to help in the most unexpected places. But, my favorite is when the things that I do outside of yoga change my outlook on my mat and my practice. There are some fundamental things you can do to your life that will shift and change how you feel on the mat. And, there are also fun ways you can challenge your physical body that will help maximize your yoga practice.
The best yogi is one that is always curious and open. So, keep a beginners mind in your forefront:
As humans, we are creatures of habit- you love your yoga teachers, your routines, your rituals – get out of your own way and do something you’ve never done before! The best thing you can do is try and remain open.
If your go-to movement practice is yoga, shake up your routine:
Varying up your exercises will help you isolate and strengthen all the core muscles you use in yoga and it will force your body to work in different ways – avoiding overuse of certain muscle groups. Plus, its a chance to see what all the yoga has done for your body!
Remember, it’s about the beginner’s mind set-have fun and don’t be so serious. Tell us how you are changing your life and routines, we are curious to hear what works for you!