by the little drama of the right shoulder, and you may forget you even have a whole body. Doesn't that sound similar to how we sometimes live life, getting stuck in the small stuff and missing the big picture? When we do that, we have a harder time keeping things in perspective and making smart choices.

Rather than going for extremes, see if you can discover subtle shifts that might begin to even out your various sensations as well as your responses to sensations. Eind balance by letting your awareness spread through your whole body: Observe what happens with your breath and your mind as your body finds balance and creates a container—not too tight and not too loose — of equanimity.

FINISHING YOUR PRACTICE After Pasasana, have a seat, extend your legs in front of you, and roll them in and out a few7 times. Have two blocks and a blanket nearby. Come into Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose). Place the folded blanket on the floor behind you and slowly lie back on it. Tuck the back of it under your neck so that your forehead is higher than your chin. Place the blocks under your thighs and relax here for at least two delicious minutes.

Use your hands to draw your thighs together, and remove the blanket from underneath yon. Bend your legs and place your feet flat on the floor. With your arms alongside your body, inhale and lift up into Setu Bandha Sarvangasan a (Bridge Pose). Stay for three breaths and exhale down. Do either Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) twice or Bridge two more times. Then take Happy Baby Pose, pressing your sacrum into the floor. Rock side to side for a back massage. On an inhalation, rock up to sitting. Organize your blanket setup for Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) and stay for 10 breaths. Slowly roll dowrn, and then lie in Savasan a (Corpse Pose) fono minutes. *

A longtime hatha yoga and Tibetan Buddhism practitioner, Cyndi Lie created OM Toga in 1998. She has written several books and teaches around the world. For more information, visit omyoga.com.

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