Is it hard to walk away from the stress of your day and leave it all behind?
Do you want to get all the benefits of yoga?
If you want to get into a better state during yoga class, try closing your eyes. I’m totally serious! For most poses, except balancing poses, I love the feeling of closing my eyes, focusing on my breathing, and really getting into the pose. If you are new to yoga I would not recommend this, but now that I’m a veteran of yoga class, I know most of the poses and can follow the instructor’s flow with my eyes closed. I really find it helps me remove the clutter from my mind and helps me to get fully into the yoga zone.
When your eyes are closed, you are not fixating on how flexible the person next to you is or looking at the cool T-shirt on the person in the front row or checking out your pasty-white skin in the mirror. All those distractions can really hold you back, and before you know it, you’re focusing on something non-essential like your shopping list. Instead, you are focusing on how your body feels in the pose, how to take yourself to your edge in the pose, and receiving all the benefits of yoga.
Give it a try; close your eyes and enter the yoga zone. Check out the picture of Buddha, even he blissed out in yoga practice with his eyes closed.
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