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10 Ways to Practice Yoga (in Life) Without Practicing Yoga (on a Mat)

The truth is, yoga isn’t just about flowing through a series of poses, twisting yourself up like a pretzel, going upside down and sweating your butt off (although that part can be super fun and highly beneficial both physically and mentally in its own right). Yoga is also about how you live your life in all contexts. Below are ten ways to live a yogic life off the yoga mat, whether or not you practice asana on it. 1. Be honest with others. Speaking openly and honestly, and always from the heart, is truly a virtue. Speak the truth – no lies (even the littlest white lies can taint your integrity), no exaggerations for dramatic effect (we’ve all done it), no purposeful omissions. 2. Be honest with yourself. Sometimes the person we are least honest with is ourselves. Try to look at yourself and your actions (the good and the bad) from a detached, objective, third person perspective. Then, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back or a kick in the butt, if you deserve it. 3. Be true to who you are. Get to know yourself and what you believe in, and don’t be afraid to …

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7 Ways Kids Benefit From Yoga &Raquo; Lovesurf 2021

7 Ways Kids Benefit From Yoga

Children deal with many distractions, temptations, overstimulation and peer pressure. Schools are challenged to do more with less and be creative in how they reach even the most isolated child. Yoga is a low-cost, helpful tool that can have a positive impact on children. Here are some of the many benefits of teaching yoga to kids: Yoga helps kids to: Develop body awareness Learn how to use their bodies in a healthy way Manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement Build concentration Increase their confidence and positive self-image Feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group Have an alternative to tuning out through constant attachment to electronic devices Here’s what your kids can expect to learn in yoga class: 1. Awareness of the breath Breathing exercises can energize kids or encourage relaxation, depending on what you teach. Different games and techniques help kids connect to how their bodies feel as a result of deep breathing. Focus increases, as does their breathing and lung capacity. Stress is naturally reduced and healthy hormones are released. 2. Strengthening and energizing Kids think that yoga is great for stretching, but doesn’t build strength. It’s important for a teacher to include conversations, as well …

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