On the mat: We notice the state of our face, the expression we’re holding, while in a pose. We notice that, when we lift the corners of our mouths, even just a little, our experience of the pose changes. Somehow, miraculously almost, the same challenging, somewhat uncomfortable pose (lizard, anyone?), is transformed when we change the way we meet the experience of it, when we decide to try a smile.
Off the mat: We might notice that, when we’re in a situation that we’re uncomfortable with, if we change our state of face and attempt a smile–not just temporarily, but truly try it on, with intention and attention–our experience of that situation changes.