I came to yoga for the physical benefits. As someone who has always been movement-oriented, I thought the asanas seemed like a nice way to stretch. I liked that I could count on some classes to break a sweat. What I didn’t anticipate was the awareness. The more time I spent on my mat, the more I began to feel a new sense of presence in my body. As I continued attending classes, I found myself wanting to stay in savasana longer. As I lied there, I felt aware and in my body in a way I never had before. For those fleeting moments, I felt like my brain was working differently; softer somehow. I didn’t understand it at the time, but at the end of my practice I was experiencing moments of dhyana.