How to live your Yoga
What does it mean to live your yoga? To be a Yogini or Yogi? Is it even possible in the modern World? Yogis of old in India usually isolated themselves from society, spending much time in separated living in the caves and mountains in India, they usually meditate for a very long time (hours, days, months, and years) on a journey to calm the mind and achieve awareness.
In the western countries, Yoga is usually something that we do – a hobby, interest, or a class that we visit once or twice in a week but soon the benefits of yoga trickle into the rest of one’s life. Then with continued commitment & adherence, the practice of yoga can become a mode of living. Everyone’s way is distinct, and although it is common to come across preconceived notions of what a Yogi must and must not do, it is necessary that you walk your own path based on intuition, advice, reflection, and self-study. It is a path towards harmony, unity, and growth with oneself and the world we live in; for me this is enlightenment.
What is Enlightenment?
The meaning of enlightenment and what happens once one accomplishes it is open to much discussion. For me, it is something we can all experience through the path of yoga. It is the practice of being completely present at the moment, in touch with your true self and free from the suffering enforce by the variations of the mind. Perhaps, our first such experience lasts for just the tiniest moment, but through continued growth, there are more of these moments and they last longer until this becomes your durable state of awareness.
Suggestions for Living Your Yoga
Here are a few suggestions you may wish to acknowledge in exploring how to live your yoga. Do not worry if you do not know what all of these exercises are just yet, we will study these in detail together. Please note that this travel is roadless, it is twists and turns and bumpy with many barriers but a life lived with clarity, intention, and an open heart is a life worth living.
- A regular home yoga practice in addition to continued guidance from teachers.
- A devoted meditation practice.
- The practice of breathing (Pranayama) to calm the mind and ease through daily challenges.
- Journaling as a form of self-study and reflection.
- Volunteering and being of service to others – karma yoga.
- Focusing on the qualities of loving-kindness internationally; mantra and meditation can assist this.
- Reading texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and clarifying they are being for you.
- Analyzing and bringing the Niyamas and Yamas into everyday life.
- Constructing your own sadhana, a daily spiritual practice.
- Upgrading your diet for the best health and well-being.
- Being part of a Satsang, a group of like-minded peoples joining for conversations.
- Performing a daily gratitude practice.
- Setting purposes, using sankalpas and affirmations to bring clarity to your days.
- Working through emotional and mental calamities and challenges such as samskaras that stand the way of your spiritual growth.
Yoga Teacher Training Course
If this is the road you wish to travel guidance and support of a teacher and Yoga Schools are really helpful. We would love to walk this road with you and invite you to consider joining the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh. A one-month-long course for committed yoga students (beginners and advanced) designed to deepen your knowledge, awareness & understanding of yoga in all its dimensions.