Inspiration

How to Take Your Yoga Mindset Off the Mat and Into the Real World

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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.

 

Taking Risks

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!

 

Generating Loving-Kindness

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? 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to employers and employees, tenant-residing buildings, community events, and more. To set up your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

4 Books for Yogis to Read Today

There’s nothing like reading a good book! Plus, studies show its good for you. Adults who read for 30 minutes a week report feeling 20% more satisfied with their lives, according to Quick Reads.

Here at Chasing Nirvana Yoga, we always preach about the importance of self-care, and taking a half hour to read a couple days a week certainly counts! Reading is a form of mindfulness. Being with a book for a bit of time resets the mind and serves as a stress reliever.

If you’re a yogi, wellness practitioner, or individual looking to expand your reading list, be sure to check out the following four books.

 

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1. Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self by Jeff Krasno

Like the wildly popular festivals that have taken the yoga world by storm, Wanderlust is a road map for the millions of people engaged in cultivating their best selves. For the 20 million people who grab their yoga mats in the United States every week, this book gives a completely unique way to understand "yoga"—not just as something to do in practice, but as a broader principle for living. Wanderlust helps readers navigate their personal path and find their own true north, curating principles that embody the brand and lifestyle—authentic yoga practices, provocative thinking, music, art, good food, eco-friendly activities, and more. Each chapter includes expert yoga instruction by renowned teachers; inspiring music playlists to motivate readers to practice; thought-provoking art; awesome recipes for delicious, healthy foods to sustain a yoga regimen; and fun, unexpected detours. This wide array of ideas and beautiful visuals is designed to be hyper-stimulating—whether a reader follows the arc of the book from beginning to end or dips into chapters at random, she is sure to find something pleasing to the eye, to feel motivated to practice, and to want to reach for her deepest desires and dreams. This book brings the Wanderlust festival experience into any reader's home.

 

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2. Quantum Healing by Deepak Chopra

More than twenty-five years ago, Quantum Healing helped transform Deepak Chopra into a cultural phenomenon. Now Dr. Chopra, hailed by Time as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine,” returns to this groundbreaking exploration of consciousness and the power of mindfulness, adding the latest scientific research as well as expanded thoughts on the connection between body and mind. Inspired by the unexplained recovery of patients in his own practice who had been given just a few months to live, Dr. Chopra began his search for answers. After returning to his native India to explore humanity’s most ancient healing tradition, Ayurveda, he combined those insights with Western medicine, neuroscience, and physics. What he discovered—a “network of intelligence” in the human body with the potential to defeat cancer, heart disease, even aging itself—forms the basis of Quantum Healing. In this new edition, Dr. Chopra once again offers a fascinating intellectual journey and a deeply moving chronicle of hope and healing.

 

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3. Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace by Sharon Salzberg

Real Happiness at Work brings the profound benefits of meditation to an area where people could use it most―the workplace. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers. A follow-up to Real Happiness, the New York Times bestseller, Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work is a practical guide to improving work life through mindfulness, compassion, and ingenuity. It’s about being committed without being consumed, competitive without being cruel, managing time and emotions to counterbalance stress and frustration. It shows readers how to be more creative, organized, and accomplished in order to do better, more productive work. Dividing the idea of workplace satisfaction into eight pillars, Real Happiness at Work is filled with secular wisdom; core meditations on broad themes like motivation, awareness, and seeing the good in others; and more than a dozen exercises, including Moving From Me to We and When Things Go Wrong. Sprinkled throughout the book are short “stealth” meditations, the kind that are quick, private, and doable anywhere―“Let the phone ring three times, follow your breath, then pick it up” and “For an upcoming one-on-one conversation, resolve to listen more and speak less.” Even the best jobs are filled with stress, tough deadlines, impatient bosses, seemingly endless meetings―all the ills of harried life. But as science increasingly shows, meditation is the antidote.

 

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4. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works by Dan Harris

After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out. Finally, Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America’s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.

 

What yogi-friendly books do you recommend? Sound off in the comments!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for employers, tenant-residing buildings, community spaces, events, and more. To schedule your free consultation, visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

5 of the Most Unique Yoga Classes in Your Area

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The practice of yoga can be traced back all the way to 3000 B.C., where civilizations in India developed it as a way to achieve harmony between the mind, body, and soul on the path to divine enlightenment. Nowadays, yoga has evolved as western culture has adopted it. More people are practicing yoga than ever before. According to The Good Body, between 2012 and 2016, the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%. If you’re trying to get to the studio for your yoga class, you’re not alone! 

As more people have adopted yoga, the variety of practices has increased as well. Yoga classes can now be set to hip hop music, combined with high-energy fitness classes like pilates, and heated to 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. There truly is something for every yogi now, and heading to a unique class is a great way to bond with friends both old and new! 

Interested in trying a unique yoga class to shake up your practice? We’ve compiled five fun, modern yoga classes to search for in your area!

 

1. Goat Yoga

Yes, you can now practice yoga amongst baby goats, and it is so cute! Goats are known to be playful, snuggly animals, and they’re pretty great at downward dog. Practicing Goat Yoga is the perfect way to integrate your practice with nature. There are plenty of other animal-related yoga classes popping up as well – many shelters are using it as a tactic to increase animal adoption!

 

2. Brew-Ga (or Winery Yoga!)

Yoga at a brewery or winery is the perfect way to unwind with friends. Many tasting rooms now offer hour-long yoga classes followed by a curated beer or wine tasting (BYOM – bring your own mat!). The great thing about these locations is that classes are held both indoors and outdoors, and many tasting rooms have beautiful grounds. If you don’t drink alcohol, consider looking for a yoga class at a kombucha tap or organic market instead!

 

3. Silent Yoga

Silent Yoga is a creative way to keep your inner monologue going while still participating as a group. The way it works is that yogis will put on wireless headphones, blocking out ambient noise, and the yoga instructor and/or an accompanying DJ will play a special mix! Sometimes your instructor will also have a microphone so you can hear instructions, but if not, these types of classes are flexible enough for you to do your own thing. What a way to rock out!

 

4. SUP Yoga

This practice is becoming more and more popular. SUP stands for “stand up paddleboarding,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like – yoga on a paddleboard in the water! This class can range from moves for the absolute beginner to long-time instructors who want a challenge. On a beautiful day, there is nothing more serene. But be forewarned … it is a lot harder than it looks!

 

5. Glow-Ga

Have you ever been to a cosmic bowling alley? Glow-Ga is similar in that all the lights are turned off and you practice by blacklight and neon signs! Be sure to wear white or neon colors to get the best effect, and bring some glowing jewelry to up the ante. Usually, this type of yoga is accompanied by fun music. This is a fantastic choice for a larger group if you’re looking for ways to get your entire office involved! Commercial real estate professionals can also offer on-site Glow-Ga classes in their buildings as a way for tenants to get to know each other. Need help? Chasing Nirvana Yoga is up for the challenge!

What is the most unique yoga class you’ve taken lately? Sound off in the comments! 

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes for businesses, tenant-occupied buildings, community events, and more. To schedule your free consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

* Photos sourced from FSU Campus Recreation and Bella Rose Yoga Studio, respectively.