In the beginning of 2016 I delved deeper into yoga by completing my 200 hours yoga teacher training in New Zealand and ended the year, and began 2017 with a yoga retreat in the United States.
Aside from practising the asanas, mantra chanting and meditation that are all part of yoga, it is the yoga philosophy which I call “life lessons” that has a profound impact on how I think, act and feel now.
Yoga taught me…
1. The most important time is NOW.
Life is short and nothing stays the same forever. Everything is in constant motion and change is inevitable, so enjoy, be mindful and live in the present moment.
2.The most important person is the person you spend time with NOW.
Whether you are at home with your family, or at work with your coworkers or elsewhere with others, be mindful and present with them.
3.The most important pursuit is making the person you are with NOW happy.
For me this means bringing joy to those around me, so be kind through thoughts, words and actions.
4. To let go!
Whether it is things, people, emotions or situations, letting go is essential to be able to live in the now and enjoy it at the same time. What is done in the past cannot be undone, so it stays in the past, and the future is uncertain, so why not live in the present? Also letting go of things that no longer serves you is important, whether it is a relationship that has run its course or possessions that may be tying you down or you actually no longer need, but you’re still hoarding it.
5.To spend time in nature as it grounds us in the present moment and calms the mind.
6. To trust the universe to provide.
Trust what you’ve done, it is enough.
7. To stay open-minded and open-hearted.
When you do this, you’ll be surprised by what you learn from people and situations and most importantly, about yourself!
8. Self-care is essential.
In order to help others and be there for them 100%, taking care of self first is crucial, so “me time” is not selfish and it’s also a form of meditation.
9. To cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
It has been scientifically proven that grateful people are physically and mentally healthier, experience more joy, have higher self-esteem and are more resilient in difficult life circumstances. Therefore, practising gratitude is a no brainer!
10. To breathe deeply.
On a daily basis we tend to forget to breathe deeply due to our hectic modern lifestyle. Inhaling and exhaling deeply has great benefits for our health such as reducing stress and promoting relaxation, and improving the digestion. In addition, breathing deeply equates to longer life.
I hope this post inspires you to live mindfully and joyfully this year.
May your 2017 be filled with wondrous little moments and you enjoy them as they are unfolding! 🙂