1. Master breathing
What makes yoga different from similar practices like meditation is that it pairs breathing with movement. This is important for a couple of reasons.
First of all, maintaining awareness of your breath as you move helps you to be mindful. Often, when exercising, people have a bad habit of holding their breath while focusing on the movement, only breathing when their body forces them to.
By counting breath along with movement, you can focus your mind more fully on the activity at hand and actually pay even closer attention to what you’re doing. This helps you to get the most out of every pose in terms of stretching and strengthening.
In addition, it allows you to more fully clear your mind of the stresses, doubts, and concerns that drive your anxiety. So, your body relaxes and your mind clears, reducing anxiety more effectively than some other forms of exercise. Breathing is an essential part of practicing yoga and it will take some effort to master.