Yoga is great. Plain and simple. What other exercise allows you to, with purpose, journey to the far reaches of the body that only a monkey pose can achieve? Unfortunately or fortunately depending upon which position you are in (pun intended), the poses are only a part of a much more complete practice.
According to this Kids Health post (yes, sometimes you need to look to the younger generation for guidance), adding meditation and proper breathing techniques can help enhance your mind and body experience.
While meditation allows you to quiet the mind, the use of visualization can help infuse it with those things on which you would like to concentrate. Working with an intention can greatly help a person both focus and when not in meditation, contemplate the steps needed for success. The other component is proper breathing. Concentration on the breath allows a person to sink more into the moment where a person’s experience truly exists.
It may seem strange to practice breathing, since we do it naturally every moment of our lives. But when people get stressed, their breathing often becomes shallower and more rapid.
Paying attention to how you are breathing can help you notice how you’re feeling — it can give you a clue that you’re stressed even when you don’t realize it. So start by noticing how you’re breathing, then focus on slowing down and breathing more deeply.
Read more about how to combine meditation, breathing, and yoga here.