the “ooom.”

(this post went up for a few minutes on Friday by accident…sorry if you’re seeing it for the second time!)

I am not into yoga. I tried to convince myself that I was this summer, and I dutifully went to class every day (it helped that I was unemployed and the mumbo jumbo of “be here in this moment, you are exactly where you need to be” positively reinforced my lack of direction). I felt cool when I could finally do bakasana and bird of paradise (though it did not give me abs like those. If it had, I would have stuck with yoga),

but I never really bought in. As soon as my schedule got busier, yoga was the first thing to drop, and I didn’t miss the down dogs, warrior ones, chair poses, or extended side angles even a smidge. Funnily enough, the only thing I did miss in my daily life was that philosophical “mumbo jumbo,” because for every eye roll I sent in the direction of the well-meaning instructor, there was a good little lesson that stayed with me for the rest of the day.

Thank goodness I can now get some wisdom without getting on the mat. Zen Habits is a minimalist blog with a correspondingly minimalist message. Leo Babauta posts every few days with a lesson for simplifying your life, and I like his take on things even more than I liked yogalogic because Leo offers concrete steps for reaching goals. His blog has been called one of the 25 Best Blogs by Time Magazine, and while his suggestions are sometimes provocative, he writes his thoughts and ideas eloquently and engagingly. Two posts I’ve particularly liked?  7 Little Things That Make Life Effortless, and The Silliness of Busyness.

So if you’re looking to improve your everyday life without having to go through this first, check out Zen Habits.

(Photos from Ashtanga News and Comfort In Style Mag)