A yogi lifestyle
I've practiced yoga for about 5 years. I get so excited before a yoga class and when my yoga journal magazine arrives! I love talking yoga. But can I live yoga everyday? Do I need to make a transition?
These questions come from my holistic doctor. When I told him I had some anxiety and I'm dealing with some postpartum depression, I mentioned that I'll be starting some prescription medications to help me. And all he said was to practice breathing, pranayama exercises, do yoga poses, and rest. So much easier said than done!
But it sounds wonderful...to be totally aware of yoga throughout the day and help me get through the good and bad moments. But I still went to the prescription medication for a quick fix and never attempted what the holistic doc recommended. I don't know why. Can transitioning into a yogi lifestyle be easy or is it a challenge? Do I need teachers around me all the time?
I've been thinking about this and just wanted to share.
i think you would benefit from surrounding yourself with like minded people. i belong to a yoga message board (ran by Yoga Master Erich Schiffman) that could give you the support you need online.......MOVING INTO STILLNESS
I'll check out the message board. I had a lovely yoga class today and I already feel calmer and better.
And I'm all raw today, too.
It is possible twinyoga-but also a process of growth to be centered all day in yoga or anything else ( except it seems really easy to stay focused on negative all day come to think of it! ;) )
While I practice yoga, I blend it with my personal spiritual path. 3 years ago I looked at some people studying the same spiritual path and wondered..how can they be so focused on it all the time. How do I do that..sounds hard..almost impossible. But just like yoga...meditation...a new skill, job, anything...with consistent effort...it will happen.
I frustrated myself at forst trying...thinking I could snap it on...this constant awareness. But when I look back over the last 3 years..wow can I see the growth. By soaking in as much inspiration and knowledge and support as you can..and keeping your goal in mind..the process will make that happen for you. Sounds like you have the passion.
I found it so helpful to surround myself with things that would remind me what I wanted to be focused on....still do...with raw also.
You can do it! Easy.....nothing worth anything is ever easy.
Many blessings to you~
I just saw your post, sweetgoddess. How nice.
Actually, since I've taken my yoga practice to another level (more classes, more practice) I have noticed bits and pieces through the day that are my yoga. Such as staying calm or just breathing when things just aren't going right. Or even holding my shoulders back while walking (such as in a pose when working on alignment and exposing the chest). So, I suppose, I can use my yoga throughout the day...to move through the day. It is a slow, slow process, though.
Good thing is that the post partum is gone and no more meds (I stopped cold turkey after two months, they were yucky!)
I feel with anything that one chooses to do, it is exactly that, "something you do." so it isn't a part of you, it is simply something you do. Like an exercise, or making dinner,
However, when you realy "be" it, then it becomes who you are, you are a raw foodist, or you are a yogi, whether you practice the art of it every day or not, because you are "living" it every day, there is no practive, there is nothing but being, there is no "doing"
I noticed this early on in my life, when I was very little about 3 people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said, "what I am now, an artist."
You see art was something that other people did, an artist was who I was being every day of my life.
Even when I'm not painting, or drawing, I am still an artist, in all that I am.
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