We practice yoga for a number of reasons: to keep fit, stay sane, challenge ourselves—the list goes on. But no matter how or why you practice, when we pursue that mind-body connection with courage and perseverance, it can help us come to know ourselves better. And on this fertile ground, real change is possible, says Seane Corn.
“It’s about praying through the body in your poses with intention,” says Corn.
Here are her tips and suggested poses to let go of the rigidity that holds us back in life, and surrender to your inner light.
1. Put Aside Fear and Ask the Right Questions
We need to ask ourselves fundamental, and sometimes uncomfortable, questions—and be willing to sit with them. How do we become empowered, in spite of our wounds, to create the space to make the change? How can we take responsibility for our lives? “It’s all about the isolation of you, your mat, your breath, and dealing with all the crap that comes up on it,” says Corn. “Yoga holds up a mirror to our soul and gives us the opportunity of choice—to really be with it.” In that vulnerability, we can find answers.
2. Pay Attention to Transitions Between Poses
Take a deep inhalation through your nose. Then open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue out, contract the muscles on the front of your throat, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth with a distinct “ha” sound.