Practice of yoga has profound effect on all aspect of our life . Yoga not only improve our physical health but also take care of mental wellbeing and create balance between body and mind.
Practice of mindfulness is very helpful to harmonize body and mind. Fortunately , there are many yogic techniques are available to practice mindfulness. Before going to know how to practice mindfulness , we need to know what mindfulness is . In simple words , Mindfulness is your presence with your experience . For Example if you are having your dinner then stay connected with your dinner only. Your full awareness and focus should be on your food but nowadays we watch TV while eating , we talk over phone while having dinner or lunch .
We are just physically eating but mentally connected with TV or person over phone. We are not present with our eating experience .
At work place also, we can improve our efficiency through mindfulness practice. Research shows that people spend almost 47% of their working hours thinking something other than what they are doing(Harvard Business Review)
In other words, many of us operate on autopilot, without awareness of what they are experiencing . Good news is you can train your brain to focus better by incorporating mindfulness exercises throughout your day.
Yoga is very helpful to control our monkey mind , particularly Pranayama helps lot. Yoga helps to block fluctuations of Citta ( Consciousness comprising of mind, intelligence and ego). After continuous practice of yoga , You will be more focused or connected with your work.
Next ,when you get to the office , take 10 minutes at your desk or in your car to boost your brain with mindfulness practice before you dive into activity. Close your eyes , relax and sit upright. Place your full focus on your breath, maintain ongoing flow of attention on experience of your breathing : inhale; exhale; inhale ;exhale. To help your focus stay on your breathing. Anytime you find your mind distracted, simply avid distraction by returning your focus to your breath.
Most important , allow yourself to enjoy these minutes. Throughout rest of day ,other people will fight for your attention. But for these 10 minutes your attention is all your own.
Start with this simple breathing technique and slowly-slowly introduce Asana and other Pranayama technique in your practice. After few days of continuous practice , You yourself find beauty of Yoga within you.