Take each pose to really feel what your body is experiencing in each pose. See how much you can open up the body, creates space between the joints, the top of the head and the tailbone. When you experience pain or tension or fatigue, go back to the breath. Slowly inhale for a count of four and slowly exhale for a count of four, allowing the area to open and release. Celebrate the victory of breathing, opening and allowing yourself to be present in the asana (pose).
The final pose, savasana, is also of importance and one which many people dislike. This "corpse pose" is meant to be a moment of silence and stillness to soak up all the awesome stuff you just did. It is a great time to do a short meditation or to silently express gratitude for yourSelf. The first part, just laying quietly, relax every joint of the body. It's as simple as starting at the feet and telling them to relax and working all the way up to the jaw, the forehead and the scalp. The second part, is re-awakening, take this time to gently roll to your left and take of few breaths of gratitude before you resume sitting. This is important for grounding the body and allowing the blood to flow freely through its path.
I am always amazed at how much deeper you can get into a pose, how it calms the mind and how it carries over into all areas of my life. My health, attitude, outlook, sleep and awareness have improved and continues to improve with every minute of yoga I allow for mySelf.