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How to Own Your Practice


By: Gaia Staff  |  September 24, 2014

Do you ever hide to meditate? Not from noise or distraction, but because you’re kind of embarrassed? Do yousit for meditation only to throw yourself into some random stretching pose when someone comes home, for fear that they’ll think you’ve gone off the Zen deep end? Do you skip out on meditation when you’re on vacation with friends? Not because you don’t have time, but because you’re unsure how they will perceive you?

I’m sorry, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of!

Seriously, I’m like the slyest yogi around! Sneaking in a mudra on a flight. Repeating my mantra to myself while out for drinks with the girls. Meditating in hotel bathrooms.

When I first started writing this article, I was putting together strategies on how to maintain your practice while on vacation, and how to build your practice when you’re the only yogi in the house. Needless to say, it completely lacked authenticity.

There’s a good chance that you’re the only yogi in your household. In mine, I strive to get up early to meditate. If my husband is up at the crack of dawn, there’s a shotgun and an unlucky duck involved. Instead of a 5-step strategy on successful yogic living that will cohesively blend into everyone else’s lives, here’s my advice:

Be you. Do your thing. No apologies.

The people that love you will either be happy that you’re enhancing your life or will be completely ambivalent to it. Don’t worry that your family or friends will think you’ve gone off the deep end. My beloved brother often makes comments like, “I know, you’re all Zen and stuff,” all while making a gesture resembling a Shaolin Kung Fu fighter. I just respond with, “I know. Totally annoying, right?”

I’m a mom, a wife, a friend and a business owner (and not always in that order). That’s a lot of people to mesh with. My yoga helps me to do that. I strive to let my practice seep into every nook and cranny of my life. And not all of those nooks are populated with mantra-reciting yogis.

Some of the people I love the most have not a single clue about yoga. Honestly, some of my loved ones even think that I’m on the wrong side of faith by having such a devout yoga practice. But that’s the beauty of acceptance and love. We’re all here to help each other grow. My practice has helped me to find the beauty of things outside of my yogic realm. Or rather, helped me to see that everything is already in it.


 

Kasey Parsons-Ochs

Kasey is a yoga teacher and an entrepreneur. She is the owner of Optimistic Elephant, a yoga lifestyle and accessory company. She lives in Wichita, KS with her husband and two children. Kasey believes that yoga can change lives, and brings a practical approach to yoga that makes it accessible to everyone.
Website: Optimistic Elephant on Etsy


 

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