The ability to mindfully choose your response to a situation rather than mindlessly reacting goes a long way to smoothing out the rough edges of your experiences. It can make you more patient and more empathetic. It can help you to stay calm and centered. It can help you to understand and to honor your emotions without allowing them to dictate your actions.
The sounds of life around you as you practice are not a distraction. Rather, they are a small reminder that yoga is meant to support you as you live your life, not help you escape from it.
Scientific research shows that getting outside makes us healthier - physically and mentally - and more productive. Step outside. Take a few deep breaths or even a walk! You will actually get more done in your day.
Did you know that humans have the ability to create –to synthesize – happiness? In fact, research has shown that happiness that comes from within last longer than any other kind.
Have you every been so fixated on a goal that anything short of success feels like a failure? Your yoga mat is a great place to learn a concept called desireless practice where even the tiniest of baby steps is celebrated as growth.
A yoga teacher I respect once criticized me for working too hard. While I still consider hard work to be one of my superpowers, years later I understand what she was trying to teach me. Shifting gears to work smarter rather than harder can make it possible to do what you're doing for the rest of your life.