How You Can Practice Yoga On and Off the Mat

How can we take the time to practice yoga when there are so many things to do in a day? We may think yoga only happens on the mat, but off the mat, yoga can happen anywhere and anytime.  We have the power to change our thinking from “I don’t have time for yoga today” to open our minds and ask ourselves “How can I practice yoga today?” Perhaps the suggestions below will help you think out of the box or “off the mat.”

  • Rise 15 minutes early to meditate
  • Spend time outside grounding yourself to the Earth
  • Complete tasks (dishes, eating, walking) mindfully
  • Read an article about yoga or listen to a podcast and share it with a friend
  • Take a moment or two throughout the day and center yourself with your breath
  • Stand in Tadasana in the grocery store or waiting in line anywhere
  • Practice a favorite pose and a new pose today
  • Practice an active pose and a passive pose
  • Be still and listen to your inner self and let go of outside circumstances
  • Speak up with kindness and honor your needs in the present moment
  • Include others in your yoga practices on and off the mat
  • Every day is an adventure – be flexible and gentle with YOU

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” ~The Bahagavad Gita~

Light and love to you. Namaste.