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5 Yoga Tactics to Elevate Every Moment


By: Gaia Staff  |  January 31, 2014

In each moment there can be beauty. In every experience there can be mysticism. It all begins with noticing. Read on for five yoga tactics to elevate every moment.

In Tantra, everything is sacred. The air you’re breathing. The device you’re reading this on. The challenges you faced today. Matter meets spirit. Life unfolds as sadhana.

Elevating each moment begins with the recognition that all moments are sacred. And we can also get much more practical.

##5 Yoga Tactics to Elevate Every Moment

1. See the magic in the mundane.

You are here. You are alive. You are inhaling each new moment and exhaling the one that came before. You are fueled with awareness, a force of nature. Carrying within you the innate capacity for infinite possibilities. Free to choose.

Life is your canvas. You get to paint it any color that you like. Isn’t that kinda magic?

2. Live in your body—not your head.

The purpose of yoga asana is to still the movement of our mind. From this simple teaching we understand that the mind is not the ideal place to live from. Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and probably even Oprah would agree.

To get out of our head and into our body is simple. We begin to feel our body. Beyond thought. Beyond emotion. Physical sensation. We notice what’s there, without judgement but with great compassion and curiosity. And we begin to emerge into a landscape guided by acceptance.

3. Experience your senses.

We’re gifted with our sense of taste, smell, hearing, seeing, and touch. We are innately able to deeply experience each moment. Each pleasure. Each pain. All equal. All sacred.

When we shift our awareness to what we can taste, smell, hear, see and feel, we shift from worry or fantasy about the future. We drop away from clinging to the past. And enter into the only moment we ever have. The one we’re living right now. And it becomes a thing of beauty, because we fully recognize and live what’s happening.

4. Presence. Aka: Being in the now.

In the now, we move from past remembrances and future fears or fantasies into the moment we’re in. This is a moment saturated with sensation. Rich in subtleties.

In this moment, we shift from ego to atman. Anchored in our senses and in our body, we begin to travel inward, traversing the five koshas or sheaths that cradle the Self: the physical body, mental emotional body, energy body, wisdom body and bliss body.

In the bliss body we are light. The wisdom body guides us. The energy body sustains us. The mental-emotional body helps us process our life. And the physical body carries us.

In the now, we can access bliss because becoming deeply present takes us beyond our physical body and the other koshas, and brings us there.

5. Transforming from within.

When we notice what is within us and accept it all, we begin to see how we create our experiences. By exploring without judgement we see how our reactions in our mental-emotional body dictate how we perceive what happens. And we realize we can change things.

We start within our own selves. By feeling what we feel and dropping out of thought we arrive at a place of peace. And from that place we can move forward. No longer hindered by old limiting beliefs. No longer shackled by ancient misperceptions. We are free to create what we desire.

And we begin by creating the feeling of it within ourselves.


 

Lindsey Lewis

For Lindsey Lewis, living a liberated life, and helping others do the same is the most important part of being human.
Lewis is a certified teacher who brings a sense of flow and ease into every class that leaves students feeling filled with joy and contentment. As she teaches students to learn to listen to their body – just as she learned to do through yoga – they also learn to listen to the wisest part of themselves – their intuition.
Because it?s no small thing or selfish thing to pursue what makes you deeply and uniquely happy, Lindsey Lewis believes that yoga is her dharma, her destiny, and the greatest gift she can give to the world. After leaving her magazine editor job and all the perks that came with it, Lewis decided to re-design a life that was right for her. She stripped herself of anything that didn?t bring peace including her career and relationship.
Lindsey Lewis rebuilt from the ground up, beginning to teach yoga and do communications work for health and wellness businesses. Soon, she was spending more time on the yoga mat than at her desk. Realizing she had more potential for transformative growth, Lewis reflected on the life that she was destined for. She began to live more from her heart and less from her head, trusting the choices she made because they just ?felt right.? As the worry and stress melted away, and a natural flow fell into her life, Lewis experienced the true benefits of yoga.
Now, she helps others to do the same – through yoga and life coaching.


 

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