04 Sep Asana, Asana, Asana – Limb No 3…
Asana, Asana, Asana – Limb No 3…
Asana meaning comfortable seat. Asana practice was brought about later in years, to assist our body to be comfortable during meditation.
Yoga postures also assists us with our modern way of life, constantly hunched over a personal electronics, work desks etc, asanas (yoga posture or poses) are a perfect way to counteract these positions and the effect they have on our body by encouraging stretching the body and making space within us.
Asana practice brings together the union of our body and mind. There is a deep connection with breath which encourages thoughts to slow down and brings our mind and body into balance bringing ourselves to the present moment.
“Asana practice is not about how you look, but how you feel.” Asana practice should be done with ease while being steady and stable. Notice your breath during a challenging pose, as soon as your breath becomes uneven or strained, come out of the pose and rest with ease in clarity. It’s about finding the balance between healthy challenge and comfort zone in order for us to grow.
Sometimes we find difficulty in calming the mind during yoga class, trying to keep an eye on the teacher, wondering how you are looking in the pose and figuring out correct alignment – until we get to the final, and sometimes everyone’s favourite pose, Savasana! Your body becomes relaxed encouraging a stress free and calm state of mind. This feeling in savasana is how everyone deserves to feel at all times.
Essentially, what happens on your yoga mat is for you. It is your practice, it is your body and it is your journey. Therefore the most important alignment is not about your physical body, but how you experience yourself in the poses and what the poses do for your inner alignment.