Books with Benefits: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Yoga, or the journey of uncovering ourselves, is not practiced exclusively on the mat. Being or becoming self-aware is something you should strive for in all things, and just like your asana practice, it too takes practice. Atomic Habits by James Clear, paves the way of awareness for your daily life by working through what habits are and how we can systematically optimize our lives for good choices. Habits are the brains way of increasing efficiency, automating processes to free up brainpower; how we think, what we say, and what we do, can all fall into the category of a habit. Our habits can encompass 40-90% of our daily lives. Habits are not just things you do, they’re what make you, You.

Atomic Habits breaks down how to:

- Build a system to get 1% better every day

- Break bad habits and retain good ones

- Avoid common mistakes people make when changing a habit

- Overcome lack of motivation and willpower

- Develop a stronger identity

- Make time for new habits

- Design your environment

Habits are the compound interest of our lives, and each one casts a vote to the type of person we’re choosing to be. If you want something new, you have to be willing to do things you haven’t done before. Every day is a chance to build something better for yourself. Whether your working towards a specific goal, like adding yoga and meditation into your day, or optimizing your life in general, like trying to be mindful and kind, your habits are a great place to start. Small changes with tremendous impact.

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