I'd like to say that I'm a zen yogi who always has a cool, calm mind; positive perspective; and zero-tolerance policy for things that don't serve my highest good . . . But I'd be lying. What yoga has given me, however, is the awareness to stop myself in the moment, recognize what is happening, roll out my mat, breathe deep, and feel better sooner.
I may not always have the time or necessary gear for a full-length class when things are feeling crazy, but I can always stop what I'm doing and relax into the following five poses — no matter where I am or what I'm wearing. It may not change what's happening around me, but it always leaves me with a refreshed point of view and a way better attitude.