Monday, September 19, 2011

om monday: smile asana

did you ever notice that when you smile, it can have a physical effect or your body?  in yoga, we're often encouraged to enjoy a "smile asana" (i.e. a smile pose) when we're holding muscle-burning postures.  bringing a genuine smile to your face when your thighs are on fire, truly does make it easier to hold...and dare i say enjoy...

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my one teacher describes it as buddha-face - that totally "blissed-out" look of sheer contentment. 

smiling makes us look more attractive, feel better, appear younger & reduces stress!  (see all smile facts {here})  so, if you're looking to tap into the fountain of youth - i recommend starting with a smile or two...and maybe even a bit of laughter, because, after all, laughter is the best medicine.

smiling is the best makeup, eh?  let's test this theory:  early morning makeup.
having trouble turning that frown upside-down?  i always find that a visit to youtube can work wonders : )  babies & dogs generally do the trick for me.  haha  (you'll need sound on for this one.)

what makes you smile : )
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  1. I Love this!!! :) I will absolutely be practicing my "smile asana" today. Thank you for your the awesome reminder!

  2. Ohhh that video has my smile set for the day, great post! i needed this reminder :) xo

  3. I love your blog. You seem to be such a sweet, happy person! Oh, and we're practically neighbors! I live in Berks County. :)

  4. I completely agree. A smile can turn a day around. When I'm really tired and the last thing I want to do is smile, I force myself to and it really changes things.

    Belly B :)

  5. Love that top picture so much. :-) Thank you for this beautiful reminder. Smiling now. :-)

  6. SO cute! I love it! This was a great post and made me start my monday off with a Smile! :) thanks!
    -Ashlee Michelle

  7. love this concept! You are so pretty!


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