13 Simple, Everyday Ways to Do Yoga (Besides Asana).

Via on Oct 16, 2013

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My mission this month is to widen the definition of yoga.

Asana kicks ass, but there are plenty of other easy ways to bring yoga off the mat and into our daily lives.

Here are 13 suggestions:

1. Do a bit of walking meditation.

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2. Cook a meal for someone.

Ideally vegetarian or vegan. Special ingredient: love.

3. Volunteer in your community.

Be a karma yogi. It feels good to help others. It’s the ultimate win-win situation.

4. Be an active listener.

Everybody wants to be heard.

5. Study.

Read books. Be a wise, real yogi or yogini.

6. Dance!

7. Write. 

Whether or not you’re a “writer,” everyone can benefit from writing—journal entries, poems, letters, stories, anything really!

8. Smell the flowers.

9. Forgive someone.

10. Go for a run.

Or take a hike. Or a bike ride. (You get the idea.)

11. Lend a helping hand.

Never underestimate the power of a random act of kindness.

12. Look someone in the eyes and say, “I love you.”

Better yet, show it.

13. Sleep with Waylon.

(He is, after all, the sexy, eligible and mindful founder of elephant journal.)

It basically all comes down to mindfulness. “Yoga” is any activity executed with attention, awareness and care.

What others could be added to the list?

 

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Ed: Sara Crolick

About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle is a believer in the power of poetry, circles and stories. A freelance human hailing from Austin, TX, she has lived and loved her yoga since age 12. She adores life at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, where she shares a tiny cabin with her partner, daughter, cat and dog. Michelle has been a columnist for elephant journal since 2010. Her words can also be found on The Tattooed Buddha, Rebelle Society, LeanPub, and her ever-evolving site, Love Education. Take a retreat in Guatemala with Michelle!

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5 Responses to “13 Simple, Everyday Ways to Do Yoga (Besides Asana).”

  1. The Walking Guru says:

    Yes!!!! Why sleep with Waylon?

  2. nunh says:

    These are great and timely (for me). I have recently started walking meditation to compliment my yoga and baguazhang.

  3. scoochdaily says:

    Michelle, Simple reminders such as these are always the most excellent of guides! Thank you! xoxo Licia Morelli

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