What does it mean to live a yogic life?
Does it mean we meditate every morning; get on our mat every day; only eat plant-based foods; abstain from alcohol, sex, drugs; wear certain “spiritual bling;” and use only Sanskrit to talk about yoga poses?
For me, living a yogic life means I live in full understanding of the connection I have to everything else in spirit, body, and mind. It means living with compassion and kindness to myself and others in full recognition of the connection I have to everything . It has nothing to do with what I eat or what yoga pants I put on. It doesn’t matter if I’ve meditated a day in my life or if I can sit in lotus pose for hours on end. Living a yogic life has nothing to do with a brand name or mantra, it has everything to do with your personal brand and your personal mantra of how you will live a connected, whole, and nourished life.
Some of the most yogic people I know in my life have never rolled out a mat. They are people with integrity who live true to their word. These are people who literally shine with life because they strive each and every day to be fully aware of the awesome-ness that resides within themselves and in others. They celebrate success and learn from mistakes. They speak honestly and openly and only when it is necessary for them to do so. They listen fully, with their hearts and minds – not just their ears. They give back when they can and ask for support when they need it.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about this lately, especially as the call of my mat has become more quiet and my meditation practice becomes stronger. HAVE I been living a yogic life? Have I been failing myself and others because I’m not doing what I feel is expected of me in regards to yoga? Can I not belong to a yoga community because I don’t have the right bling, right pants, right mantra, right…whatever?
I am settling into what my yogic life means for me…in this moment and at this time in my life. Life shifts, changes, and demands different things from our bodies, minds, hearts, and breath at various moments. In times of upheaval, of change, and even in times of quiet, our yogic life may not look like those we see on social media or in the magazines.
And that is okay.
It is okay to practice our version of a yogic life. It is okay to listen to what we need and then give ourselves that. It is such a privilege to be able to do that and not something I take for granted.
Live YOUR best yogic life. Make it the most awesome version of your life…and don’t take it too seriously!