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Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses). This concept encourages us to avoid reacting to everything around us. Picture yourself calm, collected, and compassionate in the middle of a mall on the day after Thanksgiving. Embrace this step in chaotic situations such as family reunions, a fire alarm, or an overreacting colleague. Release all the distractions around you to become fully present with what is happening.

Dharana (concentration). This is the ability to be completely in the moment and focused on only one thing. Use mantras, breath, images, or even candles to help bring yourself into focus. When interacting with others, practice being fully present with them — no texting, no watching who else may be walking by, no checking your watch. The Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us: “The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” Help others bloom.

Dhyana (meditation). Turn inward, release the mind, and focus on just being in that moment. Much easier said than done, but it is a critical addition to the physical practice of yoga. It is said that yogis first began practicing their fabulous yoga poses to prepare their bodies for meditation. During your busy day, secure at least five minutes to sit still, focus on your breath, and let go of outside distractions. This assists you with being more proactive and less reactive in daily life. Very helpful — especially if you tend to be a drama queen!

Samadhi (true bliss). This is the experience of wholeness when you are in the flow and feeling connected to all. Think inner peace, bliss, and overall freedom. This step is considered the ultimate experience, where you have control over distractions. Reflect on times when you feel completely in the zone, when you lose track of time and feel perfectly at peace.

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Kimberly Wilson

Kimberly Wilson is a yogini, writer, entrepreneur, and eco-fashion designer currently obsessed with Paris, potbelly pigs, and all things sparkly. She is the Creative Director and Founder of Tranquil Space – named among the top 25 yoga studios in the world by Travel + Leisure, penned Hip Tranquil Chick and Tranquilista, and holds a Master’s in Women's Studies. Indulge in musings on tranquilology through her blog and podcast, Tranquility du Jour. Learn more at


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9:02AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Thank you - I'm going to keep hold of this. I've been thinking about learning yoga.

5:31PM PDT on May 17, 2011

Very helpful. Thank you!

6:28PM PST on Nov 23, 2010

I have noticed that if you do yoga regularly in the morning you will find it easier to wake up. So this is a good tip for people having trouble getting out of bed in the mornings.

10:24AM PDT on Sep 13, 2010

thanks for the morning tips!

3:37PM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

good ideas

6:06AM PDT on Sep 9, 2010,85616,4672584.html
click here to help people from all over the world!

8:56AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

Whenever I do yoga in the morning it really does make you feel 'loosened' and mentally alert for the rest of the day

4:16PM PDT on Jul 12, 2010

Do yoga first thing in the morning? Do anything physical first thing in the morning? No way! As it is, I'm lucky if I wake up coordinated enough to make it to the bathroom without falling over my own feet... and getting my legs into the proper pant legs is a *major* accomplishment! I've been this way my whole life. Even as a toddler, I wanted to sleep in!

7:23PM PDT on Jul 5, 2010


7:06PM PDT on Jun 24, 2010

I have lived with anxiety and depression for most of my life and have looked to my doctors who have inevitably put me on one med after another. I hated the way I felt and looked for alternative methods to ease my "pain". I started doing yoga each morning this year and have found I am much less anxious. I love the feeling each morning of breathing. It's now summer and my kids and I do yoga together. Thank you for giving me some more ideas to help start our days out right and hopefully teaching my kids some life long ways to deal with stress.

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