The pose begins when you want to leave it

Yogis will tell you that when you want to get out of a pose staying in it will produce real benefits. When we relax our minds through the discomfort often produced by holding an awkward position we are learning to handle the stress that life throws at us more effectively; we are teaching ourselves that we can handle it. It can also lead to an emotional release, which is very healthy. When we learn to manage our minds on the mat, we transfer this knowledge off the mat. When confronted with a stressful situation, we are more ready to breath through it, to react more effectively, to remain calm.

Perhaps the next time you find yourself backing away from the discomfort on the yoga mat, you’ll take a couple more breaths knowing that by doing so you are training your mind to accept that which you want to resist.


About Reena Davis

I am a Neurolinguistic Programming Master Practitioner, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and Certified Yoga Teacher as well as a student of all things spiritual.
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One Response to The pose begins when you want to leave it

  1. It’s always at that moment when I’m ready to leave the pose and the teacher says – 3 more breaths- that I truly am able to explore what is really going on for me in that posture.

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