Yoga and minimalism :: How to bring yoga into your minimalistic life
Once I had found minimalism, I could not turn back. Living in a way that you reduced your clutter, made things simple. You start to bring minimalism into other things in your life. What you choose to eat, drink or even wear. Simplicity comes hand in hand with calmness.
There are over 100 different postures of yoga that one can do, this can be very overwhelming. Many of the postures take a very long time to achieve. Iv been doing yoga now for over 5 years, the past two years I’ve been doing yoga about 5 times a week. Just like minimalism is a process, so is yoga. I am mainly talking about Hatha Yoga, which is the physical yoga postures or asanas. What you would think of as yoga. I do enjoy spending time trying different postures every day, seeing where my body is at. When I started yoga, I can safely say, I was not flexible. The magic of yoga is that you don’t need to be flexible, you just need to be. Get your mat out, and sit on it. Take a few very deep breaths in and out. That’s how most yoga sessions begin. To be honest, you don’t even need the mat for the breathing. Why not take a few deep breaths right now. We get so busy with other things, that we don’t really make full use of our lungs. Just breathing deeply throughout the day can have great benefits to you well being and calmness.
Ok, so you’ve done your breaths. Now what. Keeping yoga simple can be very beneficial to you, it takes away the worry of, if what you’ve done is enough. So how do you keep yoga simple? From my experience, it’s the Sun Salutation/Surya Namaskar.
This is a sequence of postures/asanas which work at stretching many different parts of your body and well as creating strength and toning. This is also a great way to begin your journey of Hatha Yoga. These flow of movements should be done slowly and with deep breaths. You will even notice the movements of continuously stretching and bowing throughout the sequence. What a great way to start your day or even after a stressful one. Or during. If you practice the sun salutations, you don’t really need to do anything else until you feel you a ready. When your body is ready to move on, you can’t stop it, it justs happens. Just don’t force it. Same goes with the sequence of sun salutation postures. If your body doesn’t go there, then it’s not ready. Go to where your body will allow it to go, each time you practice, it gets easier.
So why not start your day with a sun salutation. Keep yoga simple. Here are some tips on how to get started, especially if you are a new mum.