There's a widely held perception that you have to be a certain way and do certain things to do yoga, that you have to 'be' a yogi to 'do' yoga. What I've learned on my own journey is that you don't 'do' yoga and, in reality, you don't have to 'do' anything or 'be' anything or anyone else other than who you are in a given moment.
Yoga is really about mindfulness. And the most direct way to begin cultivating mindfulness is to experience sensation in your body. This doesn't just mean doing yoga poses (asana). It includes focusing on any sensation you are experiencing in the present moment like the breeze on your skin, the smell of a flower, or the sound of a train in the distance.
Start from there, be curious about it. Ask yourself, "how does this really taste? How does this feel on my skin?", sensing without judgement. No spandex outfits, hardwood floors, tranquil music, or juice cleanses required.
Next time you start to feel overwhelmed or, maybe the opposite, completely disconnected, start by shifting your focus to any sensation that you are experiencing. This can be done in the boardroom, the grocery store, the neighborhood block party, anywhere. And no special attire or attitude is needed!
Do you have any tips or tricks for staying mindful? If so, send them my way! I'd love to hear from you.