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Tips on Being Present in Your Everyday Life

You’ve practiced with them on YogaGlo. You’ve followed them on Facebook. You might even take their classes in person once in awhile if they travel to or live in your city. But how well do you know our YogaGlo teachers? Ask a Yogi is back so you can learn more about our teachers by asking questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

From favorite poses and tips for beginners to deeper questions about how their practice has changed their worldview, our teachers will collectively answer a new question each week. If you have a question you’d like to “Ask a Yogi” let us know in the comments and we’ll add your questions to the list.

How do you remain present in everyday life?

  • Darren Rhodes: By noticing when I am not present. Then, I get a good 3 to 30 seconds of being present. Little by little I get more of those each day. One decade maybe, I’ll present moment I’ll get to a minute or more.
  • David H. Wagner: I try to remember that the same in-dwelling sacred power I connect with in practice is in everything. I try to be in a state where all the myriad things of daily life reflect that power back to me.
  • Felicia Tomasko:
    My daily practice grounds me and helps remind me to stay present. One of the practices I’m  cultivating is honing my focus and staying on task. This is a daily and in fact moment by moment practice.
  • Jo Tastula: We all have some sort of presence throughout our day, but the quality of our presence can be sharpened or cultivated. Remembering to remember is a fascinating process and is one of true awakening.   An easy thing to do is to dedicate particular moments of the day to pausing with presence such as every time you open the fridge or before you start your car
  • Steven Espinosa: For me this is really a question about quality versus quantity. Especially when we live in a world that promotes “multi-tasking” and glorifies being constantly busy.. Personally, I find whenever I try to do too many things at once, I don’t do any of them very well. But when I can be present with just one thing, or one situation at a time things turn out pretty good. So for me remaining present is about embracing the process without being overly concerned about the end result. Do the work and the rest will follow.
  • Taylor Harkness: Right now, I just don’t have the luxury of not being present. My current travel and work schedule, my relationship, my studies all demand a lot of attention in various ways and so I have to focus on what I’m doing in the moment or it will all blur together and nothing will ever get done. The human mind has a limited span of attention and working memory, we are hard wired to do one thing at a time. You’d be surprised how many times a day I have to tell myself ‘stop multitasking, and focus on what’s immediately before you’. I’ve made it a habit, but I still mess up all the time– hence, practice.

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