Yoga Theory for Everyday Life

Jan 10, 2018 by

You probably know by now that yoga is more than just putting your body into bendy and twisty poses. Your instructors may have told you some basic theory during class about how to be mindful in your day-to-day life but it can be hard to actually apply them. In this article you’re going to get clear guidance to bring yoga theory in to your everyday life. We’re going to work through three beginner friendly ways that you can start living and breathing yoga right now.

 

 

Yogic Breathing for Daily Life

There is a lot that you can learn from the yogic attention to breath. It is a great part of yoga that you can do everyday to ease your mind and tap into the present moment. You can be stuck in traffic, in line at the grocery store or even watering your garden. Take a few breaths to reconnect with yourself and bring yourself back into alignment with your body’s natural rhythm. Pay close attention to the in and out of your stomach as you breathe. Notice the quality, depth, and ease of your breath as you take each inhalation and exhalation.

 

 

One Pose at a Time

This second yogic theory that you can bring into your day-to-day life is to focus on just one thing at a time. In yoga, you put all of your attention into your current pose. Life can become so overwhelming if you are trying to stretch your focus to cover multiple things at a time. Pay attention to the task at hand and be fully alert and present. If you are putting away dishes then just focus on putting away dishes instead of stressing about how you need to go and answer emails next. Be here and be now. Each moment you are living and breathing is a moment that you deserve to be at peace.

In yoga, there is always a quick moment as you move from one pose to the next where you might think about the two poses at the same time. When you are in those kinds of moments in your regular daily life, just remember to flow and let it come naturally.

 

 

Build From the Ground Up

This might be new to you if you have never taken a class that was alignment-based or that broke down the poses thoroughly. When you stop to build up a pose carefully, you should always build from the ground up. Even when just standing present in tadasana, you begin with your feet and work your way all the way up your spine through the crown of your head. Bring this concept of grounding and building your way up consciously into your daily life. This is such a great yogic theory because it is applicable on multiple levels. Try it with clothing by building your wardrobe from the bottom up, these cotton hue leggings are great place to start. This theory is also great to try in relationships, projects, emotions and more!

So what do you think? Are you ready to bring some more yoga theory into your daily life? Be sure to try out all three but take your time and be gentle with yourself.

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