Yoga as a lifestyle means far more than performing difficult poses or practicing breathing techniques. Rather, yoga is rich, encompassing philosophy about all aspects of how we live life. The ancient yogis spoke of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which describe eight aspects of a yoga lifestyle. These are in essence a guide on how to achieve balance and harmony between the mind, body, and spirit, both individually and in relationship with the world around us. Applying yoga principles to daily life means adopting healthy practices and attitudes, ultimately leading to enlightenment or Samadhi.
The Bhagavad Gita said: “It’s not that you are just going into a corner, sitting with the spine erect and then doing some japa or some breathing and that is Yoga. My Yoga is everything. All that you do is Yoga. When you start doing something, do only that — one hundred percent that. ‘Yogaha karmasu kaushalam’ – that means perfection in your every action is Yoga.”