If you practice yoga regularly, you know the feeling well of rolling your mat up and leaving class with a new glow. However, it can be hard to retain that feeling once you return to the “real world” of jobs, chores, errands, and obligations. Some days, that glow all but fades away until the next yoga class when you roll your mat back out, sit cross-legged, and look up at your teacher expectantly, the promise of serenity and achievement on the horizon.
That yoga feeling doesn’t have to stay trapped in the studio, though. There are plenty of ways you can take your yoga mindset off the mat and into the rest of your life. All you have to do is recognize where you’re already honoring yoga commandments and build them out to better the wellbeing of yourself and those around you.
Working Toward Hitting That Next Pose
In yoga class, there’s nothing better than finally nailing that pose you’ve been working toward for weeks. If you think about it, when you’re doing this, you’re developing your growth mindset just by stretching yourself a little further with each practice. You can bring this mentality off the mat and into the rest of your life by always taking at least one small step toward your goals every day. Be consistent with your practice on and off the mat and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you overcome your next hurdle.
You’re not going to sit there and watch the rest of your yoga peers attempt a tricky headstand without seeing what you’re made of too, right? No matter how goofy you end up feeling? As we know, yoga is all about taking risks and trying new things, and you should uphold that mindset outside of the studio, too. Volunteer to take on that big presentation in the office. Make a new friend and invite them to dinner. Try that unfamiliar item on the menu. Don’t be afraid to take some risks – you never know what you’re missing out on!
Transforming Your Attitude
Not all days are sunshine and rainbows, and not all yoga classes are, either. Eventually, you’ll take a class that tries your athleticism and mental strength, and it’ll take everything in you to keep pushing through. If you’ve ever been in that situation, you know you can only change your attitude toward the situation at hand, reform your discomfort into a positive outlook, and push on. You know savasana is always in sight! In life when you find yourself feeling negative, transform your attitude into one of positivity and confidence. And if you fail, keep on pushing until you don’t. Negative thoughts can’t lead to a positive life!
Loving-kindness flows strong during your yoga practice, so why can’t it continue when you’re off the mat? Be sure to always love yourself and those around you. Practice self-care in mental and physical health, help others through their problems, and send out loving vibes to the rest of the universe. Yoga studios are a great place to begin generating kindness. If you need a starting point, take an early morning class and try to carry those vibes with you for the rest of the day. There is no such thing as too much love!
What yoga-oriented mindsets resonate most with you? How do you keep your practice going once you leave the mat?
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