1. HOME IS WHERE YOUR MAT IS…
When travelling, no matter where you go, you take your mat! If there is space for your mat, there is space to practice yoga. Whether at home or on holiday you cease the opportunity to roll out of bed and onto your mat!
2. YOU FIND YOURSELF PRACTICING ASANAS THROUGH OUT THE DAY
You find yourself no longer sitting to tie shoes laces. Instead you practice Uttanasana (standing forward fold) as your reach down to your toes to tie your laces. When you need to reach into a cupboard, then begin to test your balance and focus in Vrksasana (tree pose) as you grab onto the wanted item. As you about to draw your bath, you reach forward to turn on the tap, your right leg lifts and extends – voila – Virabhadrasana 3 (warrior 3). Who knew yoga poses can be practiced in most situations!
3. THERE IS A GREAT APPRECIATION FOR BREATH AND ITS CALMING EFFECTS
Things that go bad or wrong in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day! However if we use the power of the breath and reconnect with it, we let go of the frustrations and can carry on in a happier frame of mind.
A constant reminder for myself is that holding on to anger or frustration is like holding on to a piece of hot coal – it has no benefits, it only burns you further!
4. NO MORE TELEVISION DISTRACTIONS – & YOU’RE OK WITH THAT!
You no longer feel the need to constantly watch the latest T.V. series or movies if it is not available. Instead you spend your time reading more spiritual books, watching Youtube channels on yoga for inspiration, motivation and to get more of an understanding and appreciation for the practice.
My favourite people to watch at the moment is Yoga With Adrienne; Bad Yogi and the hilarious and spiritual J P Sears!
5. YOU LEARN TO LOVE THE SKIN YOU IN…
You receive compliments graciously and with humility – without seeking a negative connotation.
A personal experience is when I had a lovely lady compliment my “curves” in my yoga pants. If someone told me I had curves before I discovered my yoga practice, I probably would have binned (or burned) the pants and hit the gym! This time I was happy to have “curves” and took the compliment graciously and explained where she could get yoga pants from. (She to can now celebrate her “curves” and the comfort of wearing yoga pants!)
6. YOU “INNERGRAM” INSTEAD OF INSTAGRAM
You dedicate your self practice to learning more about yourself and enhancing your body and mind experience. Making your way into Bakasana (crow pose) and holding this balance for your record time, instead of feeling the need to share this picture on instagram, you feel the need to sit in meditation – holding complete gratitude for the present moment, your body and your mind – everyday you get a little stronger and hopefully a little wiser!
7. BAREFOOT & YOGA PANTS IS NOW YOUR FASHION TREND
Pitching up to dinner a little late because you have taught or taken a yoga class, and no time to change is actually okay! I usually explain that I am the same person in havaianas as I would be in Jimmy Choos.
However, I still respect any place where the culture requires specific attire or places that stipulate they have a strictly smart dress code. It is in being free that you can live by your own rules, but there is a freedom and responsibility in respecting others and their requirements.
8. GYM / YOGA OR YOGA/GYM
Priorities may change from going to the gym five times a week and doing yoga twice a week – to doing yoga five times a week and gym twice a week.
This does not mean that yoga is a fitness routine or that it should be, it is that time may not permit to do both every day. So in knowing that you are committed to keeping your body healthy, and it is as important to keep your mind healthy, then simply doing what works, you adjust to what you feel passionate about, and focus your discipline where you need it most.
9. REFLECTION & GRATITUDE
At the end of the day, you can reflect on how your day has been in absolute gratitude for the all the lessons learnt.
Knowing that if we have the privilege of waking up in the morning, we do so stronger, happier, wiser and more fulfilled than the day before.
10. NAMASTE IS A FEELING AS WELL AS A GREETING
You can greet the new day and people with a deep sense of “Namaste” (the divine in me, honours the divine in you) and feeling the grace that your daily yoga practice brings you closer to the Divine.