I’ve had a sitting practice of sorts (self taught with a class here and there) for longer than I’ve had a yoga practice. So today after I’m done with asana, pranayama (baby pranayama), and meditation, teacher comes over and tells me she noticed some tension in my eyes. It turns out that after two days in a row of doing everything that I’m supposed to do in my practice, I’m clinging so hard to the ritual that it shows in my eyes. So tomorrow as I am reciting my mantra, I will remember to gently lower my gaze even though my eyes are closed, because it seems I have been staring straight ahead through my eyelids with a bit too much laser like focus. Time to turn it down a notch Maria.