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

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.

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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scoochdaily Nov 2, 2013 6:19am

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

nunh Oct 19, 2013 5:16am

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

The Walking Guru Oct 17, 2013 11:33am

Yes!!!! Why sleep with Waylon?

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Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret is a heart-centered writer, teacher and creator of Yoga Freedom.

She has been a columnist on Elephant Journal since 2010 and has self-published inspiring books. She incorporates dharma, hatha, yin, mindfulness, chakras, chanting and pranayama into her teachings and practice. A former advertising copywriter and elementary school teacher, she is now a freelance writer and translator. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and started teaching at 22. She met the Buddha in California at 23 and has been a student of the dharma ever since. Michelle is now approaching her forties with grace and gratitude.

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