by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT
As a yoga teacher I am always looking for a theme to present during my classes and with the new year I wanted to find something to rock my student’s mats for their first practice of 2018.
Most of the beliefs about ourself and our relationship to others are so often built on what we see in the media; posts, articles, or even fictional television programs about how strong people are because of what they have achieved and their “success.” While there are multiple dictionary definitions of success, what we are most often taught is “the attainment of popularly or profit” or “a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity.” However, the one definition that gets left out is “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose,” which could be anything!
I find I feel the most successful when I am able to step away from my work and focus my attention inwards on how my body and brain are doing, by doing yoga or meditating, or when I spend quality time with the people that are closest to me. I have compiled my six favorite poses to help me center myself and recognize the strength I have as an individual. While the following images are all poses performed in standing, they can all be done in sitting as well based on your goals for yoga practice.