Money and yoga
So what does yoga have in common with money? At first glance, it doesn’t seem like much. Yoga, however, has become a popular activity by helping individuals relax, relieve stress, and get in contact with their inner-self, allowing them to focus on their well-being. But when we think of money and financial planning, relaxing is the last thing that comes to mind for most of us.
Believe it or not, you can learn a lot about life in general while holding a pose like vrksasana or utkatasana. When you practice yoga, you not only learn yoga poses, but you also find inner peace by focusing your attention on things like balance, flexibility, and mindfulness. All of which can be applied to concepts outside of the studio, too.
Here’s how you can apply what you’ve learned from yoga to your money philosophies.
Balance Is Control
Most of our habits around money are deeply embedded in the unconscious mind. When we act without awareness, it’s similar to someone sleepwalking. We’re simply acting based on our emotions. When we act on awareness, however, we are in control of our minds.
Changing our money habits requires that first and foremost, we cultivate a much deeper awareness of our routines. So whether we’re deciding what clothes to wear tomorrow or designing a classic and memorable logo for a local company, yoga helps us maintain and energise our thought processes.
A helpful tip: Throughout the day, practice shifting into a witnessing mode of awareness. Turn your attention to the silent witness within, your soul, and take the time to analyse the intelligence in all living things. You’ll be surprised to see how much money you might spend unconsciously.
It’s the little things that make the biggest difference when it comes to reflecting on our life. When we use the yoga practice of svadhyaya (the study of the self) effectively, our actions become much more than a way to achieve external goals. Much like self-awareness, our behaviour becomes a mirror in which we can learn to see ourselves more deeply. The process only works if we’re willing to look at the strategies that we habitually use to maintain and protect our own self-image. Reflecting can be taking the time to review what went well and what didn’t go so well in a major project or process. By doing this, we shed light on our habits both good and bad, and bring them out into the open.
When it comes to money, taking the time to reflect offers a sense of rejuvenation, and allows us to focus on our priorities emotionally, physically, spiritually, and financially. Simple, right?
Flexibility is vital
When we think of yoga, a few words probably come to mind – flexibility, stretching, breathing. Almost everyone who practices yoga sees an increase in their flexibility. Similarly, the more flexible we can be with our money, the better prepared we’ll be. Financial flexibility all comes down to the way we monitor our money and spend our earnings based on our current circumstances.
Generally speaking, financial flexibility pertains to small things, like dining out and how much coffee you can buy throughout the week. But our budget also pertains to much bigger things, like when you decide to buy a car, how you manage your investments, and how often you spend. Just as flexibility and strength have been tied into yoga, they often come together financially too. Let’s be honest, we all want our money to be as strong as possible.
When we are open, yoga not only improves our physical health, but our financial health as well.
About the author:
Herman Davis is a writer who loves being active. If you can’t catch him online, you might be able to catch him watching sports or reading up on new gadgets. Follow him on Twitter at @Davis241.