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A Beginning to a Journey

The physical, asana  practice is important.  It is a beginning to a journey.  It allows us to heal our bodies, relieve injuries, to gently build strength and flexibility.  But if you choose to take this practice beyond the physical, you really begin to be drawn into the wisdom of the breath.  The breath can transform a simple or complex shape into an energetic seat.  And this energetic seat can be your pathway toward the subtleties of the mind and spirit.  How the workings of the one affect and is affected by the other.  So to me, asana is a container within which we hold ourselves, both on and off the mat.  It is more than just a posture, but also how we carry ourselves moment to moment within our day and through the various challenges that life presents.  And with time, what I have realized through my practice, is that regardless of what is external to me or the shape, the posture that I hold, my experience in life is very much determined by the kind of attitude I cultivate from within.  When things don’t go my way, am I able to let go of the struggle and return to my center.  So this physical practice can slowly lead you to something deeply personal, almost intangible, yet with the potential of inspiring great transformation.  How do you choose to inspire your form from the inside out?  This is your choice, your practice, your experience.

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  1. shefskitchen #

    nice post. really liked your class last week–still haven’t told you more about it!

    February 7, 2011
  2. Fantastic post. Opened my eyes to a new way of thinking. Thanks for posting!

    February 7, 2011
  3. Herb #

    I have started to appreciate your point, particularly over my 3 most recent yoga practices.

    Great observation about centering nature of Yoga.

    February 7, 2011

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