Many people think yoga is just all about the asanas, but a true Ibiza yoga practice is by no means just a hour here and there. In fact it’s a life practice.
The way we practice yoga on the mat is often a physical expression of how we approach life situations. Emotions come up as we open the body. We anticipate calm when we practice, but often we get feelings of anger or sadness. It’s how we deal with these emotions which is important. At a challenge, do we give up? Or do we continue whilst observing the process?
Here are four ways to take yoga off the mat and bring it into your life.
1. Patience. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Is patience a part of your life, or are you constantly getting frustrated with your family, your friends or even the traffic, because they aren’t moving on your schedule? Learning to be patient is an important part of self evolution, and is not only beneficial for keeping your own mind calm and collected but helps you to interact with others in a more positive way. True patience comes with the knowledge and trust that beauty takes time.
2. Kindness. “A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.” Joseph Joubert
No matter where we go in our lives, we will eventually meet up with people who are unkind to us. The easy route is to be unkind back and become defensive. But two wrongs don’t make a right. But meanness is like a never-ending circle: if you are mean to that person who was unkind to you, all you are doing is spreading more hate. But, if you are kind to that person, it stops that hate in its tracks. Choose kindness, especially when it’s difficult, and your heart will thank you.
3. Tolerance. “Always try to maintain complete tolerance and always make an effort to give people more than they expect.” Scott Hamilton
There will always be those who disagree with you, and there will always be those who are doing the complete opposite of what you are doing. For those people, we must try to find our tolerance. Tolerance is hard, especially when you truly believe the complete opposite from someone else. But we will never be granted tolerance if we don’t first show it to others. So, next time you find yourself wanting to preach or disagree with their beliefs, take a moment to honour them and decide to act with tolerance. Perhaps they will show you the same.
4. Practice. “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” Mahatma Gandhi
One thing we tend to forget is that we are not ‘mastering’ yoga. More handstands, more coconut milk and less swearing won’t enlighten you! Yoga practice is just that… a practice. What a blessing! We don’t have to worry about our mistakes; we don’t have to run as fast as we can hoping to win the race. All we need to do is to act in each moment with a bit more patience, a little more kindness and some more tolerance, keeping in mind that no one is perfect, learning from our own mistakes, and letting our yoga seep off of our mats and into our lives.