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

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About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret Fajkus ("fake-us") is a proponent of natural, lifelong learning through yoga, mindfulness, living, loving and letting go. An avid reader, writer and blogger, she's a longtime lover of words and languages, especially English and Spanish. Today, Michelle is a 34-year-old expat from Austin living at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala with her life partner, daughter and black cat. Michelle is the founder of Yoga Freedom. She learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found Buddha in California at 23. She's written over 250 posts about mindful living on elephant journal since 2010. Her writing also appears on Rebelle Society, Be You Media Group and her blog, Daily Life Practice. Read her memoir, chakra guide or (free!) beginners guide to mindfulness and yoga here, or come on down to Guatemala for a retreat! Connect with Michelle on Google+ or Facebook.

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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?

    • Michelle Margaret Fajkus yoga freedom says:

      It's kind of a joke. He wrote a blog titled "I Slept with the Founder of elephant journal" recently, which is really about how to mindfully prevent insomnia. That's where the link goes. ;)

  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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