In This Chapter
Quieting and calming your mind
Concentrating on transitions between exercises and activities
Listening to your body as you exercise
Breaking the mind barriers to exercise
Focusing on the here and now
You may not know it, but when you exercise, you have the potential to exercise with your mind as well as your body. And in yoga, the mind plays a bigger part than it does in other exercise disciplines, because one of the goals of yoga is to be self-aware and to develop your relationship with your consciousness in everything you do.
This chapter explores training your mind and some of the mental aspects of yoga. You look into quieting and calming your mind, listening to your body as you exercise, and breaking the mental barriers that keep you from wanting to exercise. You also discover a mental visualization technique for focusing your mind and a special contract-and-release exercise for wringing all the tension from your body. ...