“It is not how far you move into a pose, but how deeply you feel the pose.”
The Hatha Yoga Pradipika describes the most important posture as one in which the practitioner can hold motionlessness and comfortably, “sthira sukham asanam.” The idea is to sit with ease, not being pulled by aches, or pains, or restlessness. Whether the pose is as simple as Dandasana (staff pose, see above), or as challenging as Virabhadrasana III (warrior III), we are always moving towards being well-seated within the pose, balanced, equanimous, and observant. These qualities become transferable to everything else we do and experience in life.
This month has been blazing by me faster than anticipated. Family emergencies, a friend in need, and a “celebration of life” have offered me many opportunities to practice sitting with what I am experiencing. These are truly golden moments!
I have a few extra classes on my calendar this month. Please check my schedule under “Yoga.”
The following short video clip is a balance sequence, useful for practicing equanimity, and sharpening your focus. This can also be practiced with a strap around the ball of the lifted foot.
See you on the mat!