By: Guest Blogger Sandi Merrill
Anyone can practice yoga without physically doing yoga asana or postures. Often in some yoga classes, little time or attention is given to the breathing (pranayama) and the meditation practices. These two subtle practices have far more long-lasting impact than doing the poses. Keeping our breath strong and active while in the poses energizes the physical body. We enhance the benefits of the yoga poses, or any activity, by incorporating conscious breathing. It keeps our minds synced with the body – a moving meditation. Meditation calms the mental sphere which is then reflected in more easeful, deeper breathing that releases tension from the body. A more relaxed body is a more flexible body. A more flexible body is more resilient and less prone to injury. So while your warrior pose may get rolled up with your mat, full deep breathing and a peaceful content mind can be practiced anywhere, anytime.