Yoga Makes Me Smile! Reason #5: The sense of calmness that comes during (and after) practice.
Yoga is the union between mind and body, with the breath as the connection between the two. During yoga our focus should be on the inhale or exhale as we move into, out of or hold each pose. Paying attention to what your body’s doing while focusing on the breath doesn’t leave much room for other thoughts.
Part of yoga is recognizing thoughts and letting them drift through your mind like clouds in the sky.
Yoga is a tool. It trains our brains to both relax and focus as the same time. For me it’s much easier than meditation because as my mind starts to drift, my asana (Sanskrit word for pose) starts to suffer. Yoga is a physical reminder to take a deep breath and focus on the present moment. And what could be more calming than that?
Yoga practice poolside in Orlando, Florida
Awe-inspiring sunset yoga
Relax, take a few deep breaths through the nose and try them out. Hold each pose for five or more breaths and feel a wave of calm cascade over you.
Which yoga poses do you find the most calming?