11/14/2011 07:26 pm ET Updated Jan 15, 2012

9 Yoga Poses to Connect the Body and Mind

Body vs. Being

In our quest for fitness, the ideal is to feel fit both in our bodies and in our emotional lives. In yoga, my mission is to bring you an experience of both your strong physical body and your clear emotional body.

The relevance of this mission: we all need to address both our how we live in our bodies and how we live in our households. The big secret to both: approach not just your muscular fitness, but the wellness of your entire being.


Resonance occurs when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy between two or more different storage modes (such as with a pendulum, able to transfer between kinetic energy and potential energy). When you align your physical body in yoga, you're raising your resonance because you're more able to shift "modes," or move from place to place elegantly poised for any transition and the possible emotional challenges that may arise. In other words, physical exercise really does help you keep your cool, no matter what.

As we refine our resonance of our entire being via the practice, we become more easeful, more spacious, more open in moments of discomfort or transition. That inner openness yields more patience; that patience helps in every context.

The movements in this simple sequence will enhance your immune system, strengthen and awaken your muscles, and pave the path for your most refined listening in any moment of your day. Breathe and stand well, and please take time to return to your listening after each movement to feel the effects on your entire being.