Staying balanced is at the center of Briohny Smyth’s yoga practice, whether she’s traveling the world to share her passion or giving you her secrets to an injury-free, healthy yoga journey!
Take a few alignment focused beginner classes, even if it’s boring.
USE YOUR EARS, NOT YOUR EYES.
So many of us find yoga in public classes. When we are new to yoga, we look around a lot and end up learning Yoga from what we see instead of following the alignment instructions the teacher is giving.
SLOW DOWN & BREATHE
Every movement should be lead by a breath. If you focus on your breath you will be more present and build a deeper mind/body connection.
PAIN IS NOT OK
If you ever feel pain is a pose, back off and figure out why. The foundational poses are more anatomically complicated than you think. Find a teacher that is teaching alignment and learn how to properly do Downward Facing Dog, Plank, Chaturanga, and Upward Facing Dog. Practicing these basic poses correctly will help you build the awareness, strength, and flexibility to deepen your practice later on.
CULTIVATE AWARENESS & WORK TOWARDS BALANCE
We are all imbalanced in our bodies and minds. Use Yoga to help you identify the imbalance in your physical body and begin to identify the poses that will help you find balance. When we feel good in our bodies, we create more space to work on the mind.
DON’T JUDGE YOURSELF OR OTHERS
Remember that this is your journey and that your yoga practice is for you. Try not to get caught up in what others can do on their mat. And don’t feed your ego with thoughts that you are better than others. You are exactly where you need to be.
Always make time to finish your practice by relaxing and focusing the mind on the present moment. This is where the real magic of Yoga begins.