At nearly 56, I finally and fully realize that THIS in and of itself, and as much as I enjoy it, is not yoga. This is an asana posture,ardhachandrasanachapasana. The real yoga is actually a way of life and happens mostly off the mat.
Ways I practice yoga daily:
Staying calm when my daughter’s stuff was stolen in a different country and taking action to help her instead of getting upset.
Not flipping out when I git a huge phone bill due to my daughter’s phone being stolen and whoever had said phone chatting with people in England for an hour until I shut it down.
Remaining detached as I spoke to phone company for almost two hours and then got disconnected.
Forgiving people and even situations instead of clinging on to grudges and hatred.
Abstaining from yelling or flipping the bird to someone who cuts in front of me on the road. Road rage kills, people!
Putting my phone down and looking at my youngest daughter in the eye when she needs and requests my full attention.
Accepting that we all have our own journey to follow and that it’s pointless to try and change others or attempt to control their actions or behaviors.
The list could go on and on and on, but you get the picture.
Maybe you already practice yoga and you didn’t even know!
It’s remembering that the reaction people are having towards you is a reflection of them, not me. So important in customer service when upset customers call in and start yelling. Before yoga, I would have been dragged down by it, but since yoga, I’ve learned to let it go and not own something that isn’t mine to own.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share!