Just a little insight into my mindset today…when I arrived at class and was laying on my mat, the instructor walked in holding what I thought was a lit cigarette. Within moments I did realize that I was actually in a yoga studio where Marlboro Reds are not generally consumed and the teacher was actually holding incense. Unfortunately this lack of being genuinely present to my surroundings happens more frequently than I would like as I travel through daily routines. The good news is the class was too challenging for me to move through poses by rote and I was able to actually mentally arrive at the studio. As the teacher said in class, it is often when challenged that you become most aware and present to your circumstances. I will add in very tangible terms, there is no mentally checking out when you are trying to hold a difficult pose for what can feel like infinity.