From Kelly McGonigal: The yoga tradition recognized the process of mind-body learning long before modern science could measure it in the nervous system. In yoga, habits learned from past experiences are called samskaras. Yoga philosophy teaches that samskaras are at the root of all unnecessary suffering, and yoga practice is the best way to unlearn them...Yoga emphasizes the innate capacity each person has to experience health and joy. Yoga practices are the tools to awaken this capacity and heal [our] pain...We begin with the breath, which is the central tool of healing in the yoga practice...[and we move on to] befriending [our] body.
Each time you step onto your mat make friends with yourself, breathe freely, and practice in a way that invites joy to saturate the whole of your being.