Yoga and working out are both physical, of course, but the biggest thing that takes yoga to that next level is your intention. If you're consumed with the idea of "working out," burning calories and getting skinny, you're sacrificing your mind for your body. Why not engage both?
One yoga class is 1.5 hours, which is about 6.25 percent of your day. That's an hour and a half away from your iPhone, iPad, Android, laptop, television and other electronic devices. Does the thought of unplugging stress y'all out? It shouldn't.
By being grateful for all that life has afforded you, the good or the perceived bad, you will embrace the grind and give thanks to whatever happens because it just may be what you most needed at that moment.
A delayed vinyasa will buy you extra time to feel the energetic effects of the previous posture and gives you a moment to restore the breath and plug into the power and joy of a well performed injury free practice.
Sure, you've got your main yoga practice down pat, but what about your incidental yoga practice? Incidental yoga is an opportunity to take a mundane task like standing in line at Whole Foods and breathe some life into it, so to speak.
Back in 2000 when my dear friend Sabine Chaloupy took me to see her guru Amma in New York City, let's just say I that was ready to pooh-pooh the whole thing. Hugging? Really...? Are you serious? Whatever....