ARIANNA HUFFINGTON'S WORDS TO LIVE BY
"Practicing breathing during yoga makes it easier for me to practice conscious breathing during moments of stress in my day."
1. She picked up yoga from her mother
Yoga was a discipline I inherited from my mother, who could stand on her head for what seemed like hours when we were growing up in Athens, Greece. My mother’s devotion to yoga was just one example of her belief that we need to recharge and connect with ourselves in a deeper way. During my pregnancies, I practiced yoga every day, which I’m sure made it easier for me to give birth without anesthesia (not saying it was easy!).
2. Meditation is crucial to her yoga practice
I start every morning with 20 to 30 minutes of meditation. It has long been an important part of my life. But not always. I used to be under the impression that I had to “do” meditation, and I didn’t feel that I had time for another burdensome thing to do. Fortunately, a friend pointed out that we don’t “do” meditation; meditation “does” us. The only thing to do in meditation is nothing.
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3. Yoga strengthens her life values
My latest book, Thrive, discusses the “third metric” of success, which consists of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. The practice of yoga enhances these four pillars. By helping to still my mind, yoga connects me to my inner wisdom and to my capacity for wonder—our common humanity. It also strengthens my empathy and compassion for others.
4. She created a new, stress-busting app
The Huffington Post’s GPS for the Soul app invites you to create a guide of all the things that help you de-stress and course-correct. I’ve loaded mine with photos of my girls when they were young and unproblematic!
5. She digs country music
I love country music, and “Toes,” by the Zac Brown Band, is one of my favorite songs, though no one ever believes it when I say so.
ARIANNA HUFFINGTON'S FAVORITE YOGA POSE
Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose). I love how dynamic it is—incorporating stretching, twisting, and conscious breathing. It helps me focus on stillness and breath, which for me are at the heart of yoga.
See also Master the Extended Triangle Pose