Dear yogi friends,
Asana translates as “posture.” The word is derived from the sanskrit root “as” which means “to be”, “to stay”, “to sit”, or “to be established in a particular position. When we think about yoga asana quite often we picture a set of shapes that can be made if we follow certain alignment principles. There’s no doubt that this can be really beneficial for many practitioners. However so often it can have the result of alienating and frustrating the student when they feel that they are not able to arrive at the perfect place.
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra describes an asana as having two important qualities: sthira and sukha. Sthira is steadiness and alertness, Sukha refers to the ability to remain comfortable in a posture. Both qualities should be present to the same degree when practicing any asana. This is achieved when we think beyond asana, beyond the shape as a definitive and think of our practice as an opportunity to explore inner landscapes with a quality of self-reflection.
Normal class schedule resumes on Thursday 30 August:
Hatha yoga flow – St mary’s Church 9:30 – 10:45 am.
Vinyasa flow – Market Square 7:30 – 8:45 pm.
Gentle Hatha – Market square 6:30 – 7:45 pm.
I hope you have all had a great summer and i’ll look forward to getting back in the yoga groove with you.