5. Shut your mind off
Easier said than done, right? Well, we’ve got your back. Here are three ways to stop your mind from stressing and wandering:
• Slow down everything, including your breath and your body, and listen to the music, says Dubery of how she becomes more in the present for yoga. “There are times when I walk away absolutely exhilarated and with a sense of ecstasy following a practice.”
• Forget about the “idea of yoga,” says Marks. “When I first started practicing, I thought yoga was all about cool poses, looking athletic and being flexible. After I started practicing [regularly] was I able to recognize the mental benefits of yoga for my whole being and not just my body.” It’s not a competition, she adds. “I concentrate on letting go of all self-judgment and self-criticism.”
• Think about your core muscles, says Cruikshank. Moving with ease from pose to pose and breathing with purpose and on cue comes from a deep awareness of these stabilizing muscles.