One practice with Maty Ezraty at YogaWorks San Francisco this month lasted four hours and 35 minutes. “We’re just getting started,” Maty said at the 4:05 mark, and we were. For me, practicing steady attention during long holds in poses brings about a state of clarity that can feel magical. Time fades – there’s only now. With patience, lifting my arms overhead becomes an exercise in efficiency: which actions do I need to take to bring length to my spine, openness to my shoulders, and ease and space around my neck? The longer the hold, the greater the opportunity to inspect what’s working, what’s overworking, and what’s not working and needs to wake up. It takes a special teacher to keep you interested to continue exploring but let the exercise be open-ended so that you do your own work. There’s no area of my life that doesn’t benefit from this practice. What’s your jam?