Yoga is both practice and philosophy. You may never set foot on a yoga mat but still develop a yogic approach to the daily stresses of life.
The basic act of letting go of tension is a fundamental shift in perception. Our immediate situation perhaps cannot be changed, but our experience of it can.
“Let go of clinging and let frustration and fulfillment be the same, for it is said yoga is equanimity” Bhagavad Gita 2-48
What if in the middle of everything, you closed your eyes and noticed there’s this being inside that’s going through all this stuff? Just shifting gears from what’s going on outside to what’s going on inside. Just one second of your life – a flash decision to let wisdom through.
“When the mind is led by the roving senses, then it steals one’s wisdom, like a wind steals a ship on the water.” Bhagavad Gita 2-67
Then, offering a breath – slow, deep, and full – tension is no longer consuming. It’s not the method that we have been lacking but the faith in simple things. Ten seconds of your life to remember basic goodness.
“In calmness there occurs the withdrawal of pain.” Bhagavad Gita 2-65
One more conscious breathe to really feel the holding on in your muscles. Allow that self-imposed gripping to dissolve and drop into the support of your bones and spine. Ten more seconds of your life to restore a sense of wholeness.
“One should lift up the self through the self, and one should not make the self sink; only the self is friend to the self and only the self is enemy to the self.” Bhagavad Gita 6-5
Practice less stress in less than 30 seconds, become friends with yourself!