By Koa Tom
My mind gets stuck on things—it reels on a topic over and over, keeping me up at night and not in present. Yoga is a great tool for taming and channeling this wayward energy, in ways I didn’t expect. Lately, when I’ve found myself up at night, my thoughts racing through my days ahead and all I have to do (as if this will get it done), I start thinking about yoga. I teach, so it sort of starts as work—coming up with a flow or cuing one—but, eventually, just thinking of yoga calms my mind. I realize my breath has lengthened, deepened and evened out. The racing thoughts, and even the thoughts of yoga, slip away and calm in the present returns.
Hence, yoga works off the mat, as we teachers are inclined to say. For me, just thinking of yoga evokes all the feelings and physiological responses that come with a physical practice, so I can get back to studying, writing and enjoying life.
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