We’re back! Sorry, we have been slacking on our #MindfulnessMonday posts lately, but it is really
because we have not been slacking at all! We have so much going on and are so excited to share it with
you in the coming months, so stay tuned. Today, we are stoked to tackle the third of the Yoga Sutras,
and probably the thing that most people think of when they think of yoga- Asana!
Asana translates into posture. All the movements we do in yoga from Tadasana (Mountain Pose) where
we stand still and ground into the earth to Bakasana (Crow Pose) where we take our feet off the earth
and learn to fly are part of the Yoga Asana (hence why they all end in that word!)
In Patanjali’s definition of Asana, the movements are meant to be steady and comfortable. We may find
this easy while standing in Tadasana or sitting in Balasana (Child’s Pose), but this can become
increasingly challenging in both the body and the mind when advancing into deeper poses or balancing
poses. This is when we have to remind ourselves to breathe and work from a space of calm and
acceptance. When in a class filled with many people at different levels it is common to look around and
compare our Asana practice to that of someone else, but it is important to try our best not to do that;
instead to focus, to breathe and to work from a place of balance and gradually build strength and flexibility
to advance into poses. When we can commit to a truthful Asana practice, we can grow.
So, be steady, be comfortable and enjoy your Asanas!
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.