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staring contest! no smiling! (but you can blink!)
and what does this have to do with yoga at all???
well, a big part of yoga is practicing non-reactivity.
and…
we all know that when we feel emotions, our facial muscles tell our story. we’re happy, we smile. sad, we frown.
did you know, however, that you can reverse the process? if you learn to relax your facial muscles during challenging times, it sends a message to your brain that you are calm and relaxed. and it calms and relaxes you.
so a staring contest is a start. keeping your facial muscles relaxed during your entire yoga practice–regardless of the difficulty–is the next step. eventually, the goal is to learn how to use your facial muscles to start controlling your emotions.
oh…and it makes you really good at poker, too.

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