Exploring Balance. Exploring the Sutras. As a guiding principle for teaching and practicing yoga, this topic of balance, of effort and ease, is one that repeats inside the studio and on the mat. I've been asked to unpack its meaning on and off the mat. Here's another excerpt as I'm attempting to flush out the ever elusive ...
2.46 Sthira sukham asanam: the posture is steady and comfortable." Staying grounded, energized and focused isn’t easy for any of us amid the challenges of modern life. With an understanding of the qualities of effort and ease, through yoga, you will find tools for staying present and guided from within.
Finding the balance between effort and ease is being able to weather, with grace and peace, all of the moments that make up your life. “Because Patanjali’s primary interest was in developing meditative absorption (samadhi), this sutra originally referred to the quality of a practitioner’s meditation pose, or seated posture. However, many modern yoga teachers now apply it to all the postures. While it is true that achieving steadiness and ease in a posture is the basis of a sound approach to asana practice, this sutra is also the source of valuable guidance for living in rhythm with our prana. Cultivating sthira and sukha as we move through the days and seasons of our lives establishes a foundation for fully realizing our spiritual aspirations, for accomplishing our worldly goals, and for weathering the inevitable changes and difficulties that come our way.” The key is rythym. It is essential to our vitality; it is at the core of life moment to moment. The prana(life force) is thread between mind, body and spirit. Tending to our yoga practice, creates in us, the sensitivity toward our prana, so that we begin to live more in the realm of balance toward effort and ease.