“Mindfulness” comes up a lot in terms of meditation and yoga. After speaking to a group of bariatric patients recently, I realized the huge impact of awareness - whether or not one practices yoga.
Yoga demands mindfulness even as it teaches one to be mindful: awareness of correct posture and form keeps us from injury, and connecting with the breath calms our bodies. It seems rather simple to maintain this awareness while the teacher is instructing and coaching us to feel the breath moving through the body, or sense the correct position of one’s foot relative to the ground.
To become a real practitioner of yoga, however, at some point the yogi or yogini has to take his or her awareness of self and others off the mat and into daily life. Cultivating mindfulness is the cornerstone of finding peace and lasting equanimity.