the yoga off the mat

Today marks the start of YIOM or Yogis Inspiring Oneness Month, a month-long celebration of yoga in April 2011. All my blog posts for YIOM will be labeled in that category. The concept was created by Lorin from The Vegan Asana and over twenty yogis and bloggers have signed up to write about an aspect of yoga three to seven days per week for the month.

I try to live my yoga throughout the day — finding compassion in the stranger insulting me, breathing through sadness rather than stuffing and hiding it in my body, and softening and opening in the face of fear since that is at the heart of love. I want to share those things with you. I want to focus on the yoga that starts when we roll up our mat and walk out of the studio. What happens when we enter our lives and leave the dream-like state yoga on the mat can often take us to? Do we continue to face ourselves throughout the day? Do we see ourselves in the people that we like as well as dislike? Do we maintain openness no matter what circumstances we face in our day?

—Lissa E.

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Published by lissa e.

Lissa's offerings include integrative mental health care, meditation and movement (yoga, qigong, intuitive) guidance, writings, and community facilitation offered in a compassionate, trauma-responsive, and racial and social justice-oriented framework as part of a lifelong mission to reduce suffering for all beings.

6 thoughts on “the yoga off the mat

  1. “I have never found a harder yet more rewarding task than finding yoga in as many situations as I can throughout the day.”

    This is soooo true!!


  2. First off I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question that
    I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious
    to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there.

    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
    lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or
    hints? Cheers!


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