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Yoga paths that lead to an inspiring life

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Yoga practices are meant to touch the entire fabric of our lives, not just our physical health. For thousands of years, yogic wisdom has a deep practical connection to living and living in the modern world.

Yoga means “union”. When you experience everything as one in your consciousness, you are in yoga. At first, you work with the body, then you move to the breath, then to the mind, and then to the inner self.

Yoga is often experienced as an asana class, on a yoga mat.

Something profound happens when we move our bodies with our mind, focus on our breath, and calm the mind. Something inside of us changes, so that the way we see the same stressors, people, and interactions before our practice is different. result of our practice.

Have you ever wondered, “What is yoga on my mat? How do I live this in my life, not just while I practice?”

Yoga paths

The phrase “yoga off the rug” refers to the way we walk the world – what we do with our lives, our words, and our actions. The four paths of yoga, as described in the Bhagavad Gita, can be viewed as stages of development and present a path that leads us to our true self, outside of body, mind, emotions, and intellect.

Raja Yoga: TThe yoga meditation. Also known as the Ashtanga (eight limbs) system, most yoga classes in today’s society are steeped in the Raja Yoga path. Mind anxiety has caused our attention to be distant or detached from our true essence, according to this pathway. The solution is to calm the mind through meditation to reveal the oneness that we are in our true essence.

Jnana Yoga: Yoga of will and intellect. Jnana means “knowledge” or the ability to meditate, ask questions and inquire about the nature of life; It also includes the study of yoga texts. This path asserts that our ego-based ignorance prevents us from knowing our true nature. Through self-reflection, we learn that we live a common human experience – we can connect with this original humanity and embody life, vitality and love itself.

Karma Yoga: Yoga work and dedicated service. Karma yoga is the act of giving to others, giving back to the common good, treating people with respect, and volunteering. Where Karma Yoga begins with an understanding of what has been connecting and limiting us through the “journey of the soul.” It also refers to the act of giving or generosity, even from our resources.

We can demonstrate non-attachment when we give more than we think we can, even if there is uncertainty or discomfort in the process. It is not just about giving what is within your means because it is easy to give.

Bhakti Yoga: Devotion Yoga. This path has more resonance with those of an emotional nature. He asks us to purify and transform selfish self-love by focusing the mind on sacred thoughts, and to transfer all our love and emotions to the divine essence that permeates all.

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Yoga wasn’t supposed to be a solo mat event. It is a full-spectrum path and practice integrated with life, personal and societal. It goes beyond physical practice (asana) and beyond breathing practice (pranayama).

Yoga is not covered by any one practice; It is in all practices.

It enriches our lives and vitality, and in the process, we can feel an impulse or a desire to serve. Here are five beautiful and simple ways to do yoga without having to use a mat.

  1. focus on breathing. When uncomfortable thoughts or feelings arise, focusing on breathing can take us from fight, flight, or freeze to a parasympathetic nervous system response that promotes relaxation. Breathing in the sensations can lead to relaxation and change.
  2. vigilance development. Bringing mindfulness into daily routines or regular tasks can help us stay focused in the present moment and live our lives more fully.
  3. Practice loving kindness. As we move through life, what if we could develop a habit of being kind and loving to ourselves? Replace the voice of self-criticism or comparison with others with words of encouragement, acceptance, and kindness towards oneself.
  4. Maintain an attitude of gratitude. Take time early in the morning to write about the things you are grateful for. Studies have shown that people who write about what they are thankful for have higher levels of optimism than those who write nothing at all.
  5. Commit to transform. Yoga is about physical and spiritual transformation. Commit to transforming yourself mentally and emotionally and use each day as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and reach your best self.

Each of us has our own journey in life, but yoga can offer us steps along the way to living a more inspiring life.

Jessica Sanders is a physical therapist, herbalist, and yoga teacher (RYT-200). She lives on the Kapiti coast.