Yoga has such immense benefits that once realized, one would continuously want to infuse it into your daily living. And why not? Yoga can be incorporated into our daily lives effortlessly. Here are three ideas on how to do just that without the need for a yoga mat.
How to incorporate yoga into your daily life
1) Take deep yogic breaths
Breathing is an inevitable part of our lives, so it would not be challenging to infuse our normal breathing with yoga. Do it every time you have the chance to – in the office, at the grocery store, in the bank, etc. Yogic breathing is not only for you but also for those people who are around you.
Generally, taking yogic breaths soothes your nervous system, and specifically, it relaxes your heart rate. As you take yogic breaths, more oxygen is carried out to your brain. The process clears the mind and the heart, leading you to think wisely and feel circumspectly. In the end, you will feel more capacious, and you will feel better when you back to what you are doing.
2) Practice short meditations
Meditating, further, also calms the mind that leads to a more productive workday, for instance. There are numerous meditation techniques that you may try one at a time throughout the day. Taking deep yogi breaths is just one technique. Other techniques that you may try are focusing on a particular mantra as well as lighting a candle. Practicing santosha is also recommended. Santosha refers to changing your perspective about something. This invites peace as well as abundance in your life.
We all carry an inner dialogue with us, whether we are deliberating on doing something or buying something, or delaying it for another time. While carrying such dialogue, took notice of how you react with the way you think and with the things you are thinking. Try to ponder on the things that affect your decision-making, for instance. Not only will you know how to reflect on things, but also to reflect on your priorities in just five minutes or so.
3) Practice stretching
Stretching brings positive energy into the body and mind. This is most useful when faced with an uncomfortable situation or when you are feeling stressed. Other than deep breathing, stretching can release the tension that your entire body is feeling. The goal is to veer away from the stress or even fear that you are feeling at the moment.
Stretching relaxes the muscles, specifically when the pressure is being equally distributed in your body. Many simple stretching techniques do not require a yoga mat, such as marichyasana and gomukhasana, both of which can reduce or remove mental and physical fatigue. Backbending is also advisable as it stretches tired back muscles.
These are just three of the many ways to infuse yoga into your life. The goal of breathing, meditating, and stretching is clearing the heart, mind, body, and soul, bringing in peace, abundance, and positive energy in the process you may use to battle stress, anxiety, and fear.