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Monthly archives: March 2016
- What makes an asana an asana?
- Posted 07 Mar 2016
- When is a body shape merely a body shape, and what transforms it into an asana?
It is the suffusion of the body with the breath, of bringing the quality of the breath to the shape, to the movement, that transforms a shape into an asana, a body movement into the practice of yoga. This is what fundamentally differentiates yoga from exercise, and what gives it the power to integrate mind and body.
- Envisioning yoga as a gift
- Posted 14 Mar 2016
- Plenty of people practice yoga because they sense that it has the power to shift their perspective on life away from the ego-centric, achievement-oriented model that the modern world incessantly reinforces in us. But it is all too common to see yogis unconsciously bring this same model into their yoga practice, striving and struggling to "achieve” new poses, comparing their form with other students, and working so hard that they forget to breathe.