Practicing yoga ON the mat is a pretty easy feat to imagine. That’s the breathing, postures and relaxation you do when you unroll your mat in a class at a studio (or at home).
But so often you hear the phrase in yoga circles about practicing yoga OFF the mat.
Is this some new way of practicing postures bare-footed and standing in the grass? Does this mean breaking out into bridge pose when you’re at work? What does it mean really?
When someone says YOGA, the initial image is someone doing downdog (or some other cirque de soleil pose), but yoga is so much more than “just poses.” It’s an entire system of well-being with general and specific guidelines for living simply and with intention in order to achieve a STATE of yoga.
A state of yoga exists when the feel-good contentment of your one-hour asana practice permeates into all the other areas of your life in a 24/7 sort of way.
There comes a time for many as they’re practicing yoga ON the mat, questions begin to arise. Why do I feel so much better? Why do I feel more content and calmer? Why does this crazy one-hour of poses seem to untangle everything in my life, not just my body?
When you start having those questions, it’s time to introduce the 10 Truths of Living with Intention.
The 10 Truths for Living with Intention is an easy way to identify the yamas and niyamas; what some consider the 10 Commandments of Yoga. These are the ten ways in which people who practice yoga can live their lives with intention.
There’s so much goodness in the yamas and niyamas that I couldn’t appropriately capture it all in a single blog post (or ten). So I made a video instead.