Yoga is an essential ingredient to peace. It means union.
Union within ourselves prepares us to greet the world, to relate to our loved ones, to share love and service with those who are hurting, at risk, in need. To give of and to ourselves.
YOGA is more than asana practice. I invite you to find ways to weave YOGA into your lifestyle. Here are ten ways I can see YOGA making a difference for us:
1. Asana practice before anyone wakes up, or after others are asleep just before you crawl into bed
2. Asana practice with your kids, and/or friends, making it fun
3. Breathing in the shower or the bath (alternate nostrils, breath of fire, 4-in-4-out, long deep conscious breaths for several minutes)
4. Doing a daily meditation – setting aside 3, 5, 7, 11 or 31 minutes to sit and still the mind using the many tools we have for mind direction
5. Running/hiking/biking alone with your breath clearing your thoughts and rhythmic pressure points on your feet, in your joints, altering your nervous system and strengthening immunity and muscle tone, raising the heart rate, clearing toxins from mind and body (intention: stamina, not competition)
6. Listening to a sacred mantra with your headphones on, while breathing consciously
7. Singing along to a sacred mantra with your family, filling your home with conscious vibration and joy
8. Tuning in to your relationships, bringing conscious communication and listening to heal the wounds of past actions
9. Living as if you are an artist and all of your life is sacred ~ greeting each and every moment with courage, humility and acceptance – even the so called failures or challenges of not meeting your own expectations
10. Hug, hug, hug, hug, hug….making your life about touching, holding and cherishing and hugging yourself and others…in conscious hugs there is deep listening to wake us up and reset the brain patterns