I hope you are finding peace in this New Year, taking time to reflect and nourish a way of life that serves you.   
A few notes regarding our yoga practice: 
Deep breathing oxygenates the body, infuses and revitalizes our cells. 
External demands including work, daily stresses, important commitments, and variant demands act upon our body’s internal holistic thermometer.  These demands stimulate the way we view ourselves and influence us both in a conscious and unconscious way; this is deemed proprioception.  We can support the body’s healthy proprioceptive function and combat these demands by incorporating the holistic practice of yoga.  Yoga practice is not merely a physical exercise; it requires every physiological body function as well as unconscious and levels of awareness to construct the perfect bridge connecting the mind and body to conscious and unconscious levels of awareness. 
The body finds its proprioception with great efficiency in yoga practice by observing the eight limbs of yoga.  Introducing the eight limbs of yoga into our lives helps us focus on living in the here and now to combat external demands placed upon us.  Linking two limbs of yoga, physical asana practice and pranayama breathing provides the body with the perfect solution to stimulate our own 6th sense of proprioception.  Where the breath goes the body follows.
Meditation increases positive emotions.  There are a few reasons why this happens.  The simplest reason is the reduction of stress.  When we reduce the stress in our system we return to our natural state of feeling calm, connected to ourselves and confident in meeting the challenges of life.
The first of eight principals of movement by Susi Hately Aldous, nourish relaxation.  This principal is all about creating ease in the body.  It is in this state that you can become aware of your body, and recognize the whispers that are letting you know when to back off, when to go deeper, when to switch practices.  Listen to the whispers in your practice

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