Engage the body! You can do it in bed, in the car, while watching TV, and especially while you are practicing Yoga.
The easiest way to explain this is to imagine yourself in the skimpiest two-piece bathingsuit (or for the guys, a banana hammock) surrounded by some of the most attractive people that you have ever seen. What do we do first? Stand up straight? Suck in the gut? Flex the muscles? When we do these things we are very aware of the body and the muscles... We are Engaged.
Try holding the abdominal muscle in tight for 30 seconds (suck it in!!! but remember to breathe)... is it feeling warm and fuzzy? Now do the same with the Glutes aka butt cheeks. Squeeze tight. :)
When the muscles are engaged they are also protecting and supporting the joints. For those of us with lower back issues this is vital. We'll go into more detail about the lower back in the next blog...
So stay tuned and STAY ENGAGED.