I’m reading ‘The Tree of Yoga’ by BKS Iyengar. In it, he talks about the difference between teaching children and adults. Adults need demonstrations and constant advice. Children just do.
Children live in the present, adults live in the past and the future.
When we begin yoga, we think a lot. We are worried about the pose, worried about whether we’re doing it properly.
How can we move our mind back to the present?
The first thing is the breath. When we practice yoga well, the asana becomes an extension of our breath.
The second is bandhas. Engaging the root lock (perineum or pelvic floor), the abdominal lock and the chin lock. A good place to practice this is tadasana (mountain pose).
The third is dristhi. Your focus. Ask yourself, where are you looking in the pose? Are you looking down, at the floor? Are you looking at other people? Wherever our gaze is directed, our energy follows.