10 Ways to Be Present

Guru Jagat is founder of RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology, a premier yoga school located in Venice, California offering classes, workshops and group cleanses. In partnership with veteran producer Julian Schwartz, she has launched RA MA TV, a new virtual media platform that makes Kundalini yoga and yogic lifestyle accessible to people all over the world. We asked Guru Jagat to share her advice for being present in everyday life. These are her insightful tips.

1. Spend three minutes no matter what you’re doing paying attention to the depth, rhythm, and consistency of the breath. This can be done in traffic, at the office or in the shower. Wherever you are. 


2. As you walk simultaneously feel the soles of your feet as they touch the ground and the top of your head. 


3. When feeling anxious or doubtful take an inhale, hold the breath and mentally say to yourself ‘victory’. Say it as many times as you can in one breath and then exhale. Repeat two more times. 


4. Use the syllabic sounds SA TA NA MA mentally repeated over and over again to quickly create clarity, focus and presence. 


5. Really look into the persons eyes that you’re having an interaction with. This will help to connect you to the reality that infuses this person’s life. 


6. Make a recording of your own voice saying ‘I am blissful, bountiful, and beautiful’ and then play it on repeat quietly throughout the day and, most importantly, while you’re sleeping. The sound of your own voice is one of the most powerful tools of presence that you have. 


7. Practice breath of fire, a rhythmic equal breath, inhaling and exhaling through the nose at a powerful clip. 30 seconds to 3 minutes of this breath anywhere you are will give you a burst of energy, change your attitude and just make you feel better. 


8. Refrain from saying self deprecating, negative or doubtful things about yourself. Every time you do this you lose vital energy. 


9. Get your bare feet connected to the bare earth everyday. 


10. Cut back on highly processed foods – most importantly sugar, which by it’s very nature creates physiological speediness making it much harder to be present in your body, in your relationships and in your surroundings.