1. Celebrate often.
Life is too short not to celebrate every chance we are given. Making the effort to attend class, attempting a challenging asana, or just shakin”™ your hips in downward dog, are all reasons and opportunities to celebrate life and being one with your body.
2. Laugh at embarrassment.
We have all farted in a work meeting, or walked around with toilet paper on our shoe at a bar, or even fallen while walking up the stairs in the subway. In the same vein, falling out of a balancing pose, bumping another practitioner, or hitting the floor with a thud coming out of handstand is all part of the practice. It”™s life, we”™re human, and it”™s okay.
3. Be trustworthy. Do not lie.
It is almost never okay to lie…even white lies should be used sparingly. The truth always comes out. Your word is you (your integrity) and once you lose it (your morality), sometimes there is no getting it back.
4. Choose the people in your life.
The people you choose to keep in your life are a reflection of you. We will become more like them and they will become more like us. Choose carefully. Therefore, if negative people are in your life, you are part of that negativity that definitely affects you thus if you choose positive, loving people, you are just that, loving and positive.
5. Yoga and dancing are the cheapest forms of therapy you will find.
Putting on a great song (country for me) and dancing like a fool or rolling out my mat for a few sun salutations without fail makes me feel better. You can do either anywhere you are and in a “crap” economy, these are great ways to save money on therapy and xanax.
6. Check in.
I like to ask myself from time to time, “Emily, if you died tomorrow, would you be happy with your life?” Most often, I say, “Yes, I have had a great life and although I may not have done everything on my bucket list, I had a good run of it.” If I do not answer in the affirmative, then I make a change. Do not avoid what you do not like in your life, check in, notice it, accept it, change it.
7. Take care of your bod.
This has been one of the biggest changes in my life as a result of yoga. We are only given one body and no amount of re-lifting, plumping, whitening, or tanning is going to do for your bod what you can do all by yourself. Take care of your body now and it will take care of you later.
8. You are one of a kind. Own it.
I continue to struggle with this one but never the less it is something I strive towards and deem crucial in living a gingerly life. Society loves things that are “one of a kind.” The idea that if there are only a few or only one of something it is better, valuable, and a luxury. But we forget that we are ALL one of a kind! We are life”™s greatest luxury! Know this and own it.
9. Listen to your heart and intuition.
As I grow, I am learning just how powerful intuition is and how loudly your heart speaks to you if you listen. Your head can play tricks on you but your heart is usually spot on.
10. It”™s not the years in your life that count, it”™s the life in your years.
Appreciate every day and challenge yourself to be happy.