Print Print Comment Comment Add to Favorites
Log in to save to My Yoga Journal!
Add to Favorites
Bookmark Bookmark

Joy Story

Open your heart on the mat and bring happiness into the world.

By Charity Ferreira

140_asana2

A recent study published in Emotion, a journal of the American Psychological Association, suggests that happy emotions can lay the groundwork for long-term well-being. Over time, researchers discovered, feeling happy helps you build resources for navigating a wide range of life's challenges.

On some days it can be harder to access happy emotions than on others, but your mat is a great place to connect with your inner joy. "Not everyone comes to yoga every day super bubbly and excited to be there," says certified Anusara Yoga teacher KK Ledford of San Francisco.

Pausing for a moment to set an intention for your practice allows you to tap into the current of bliss that exists within all of us, Ledford says. Hold your intention to connect with joy. To engage your playful side and open your heart, concentrate on rooting down through your legs and rising into your heart as you practice the poses below. If arm balances are a part of your practice, add Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance) after Ustrasana; Ledford says it's one of the most effective poses for lifting the spirits and connecting to your inner joy.

On days you feel less than blissful, says Ledford, you don't have to change how you feel. "Just tapping into the current that's already there can put a little bit of a smile on your face. We don't stop being divine when we have a bad day.

Print Print Comment Comment Add to Favorites
Log in to save to My Yoga Journal!
Add to Favorites
Bookmark Bookmark
Full Name
Address 1
Address 2
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email (req):

Reader Comments

Add a Comment »

Your Name:

Comment:

Stay Connected with Us!

Yoga Journal Live events
ep14 YJ LIVE! Colorado
Estes Park, Colorado
Sep 14-21, 2014
Register
florida YJ LIVE! Florida
Hollywood, FL
Nov 13-17, 2014
Register

More Events

Join Yoga Journal's Benefits Plus
Liability insurance and benefits to support
teachers and studios.
Learn More
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 4 FREE GIFTS
Your subscription includes
Yoga for Neck & Shoulders • Yoga Remedies
Yoga for Headaches • Calm, Cool, Collected
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Yoga Journal
and my 4 FREE downloadable Yoga Booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions