“Asana is steadiness and comfort”- Yoga Sutra
In hearing these words during the first week of class, I couldn’t think of anything further from the truth. Comfort and yoga? In the same sentence? I don’t think so!
Truth be told, the first week of YTT was miserably intense and utterly exhausting. I struggled to find the right spot for my foot, the right angle for my arm and the correct breathing as I held each pose, cringing with uncertainty as to how long my shaking muscles could hold themselves up. My little muscles were wobbly and as I moved into each pose, nothing felt quite right. While holding the poses, master Paalu would repeat over and over that yoga should be comfortable and I quickly decided that he’d lost touch with what it is like to be a beginner.
But slowly, through adjustment after adjustment, through measurements drawn onto my mat and through experimenting with balance, the poses began to feel a bit more in place. My forward jumps became a bit smoother, my inversions lasted a bit longer, and my limbs became a bit more confident. I also started to breath during the poses! Two breathes in, Three breathes out. This helped me to relax into each pose and come to terms with my limitations. I still have a long way to go, but I think that I can imagine that in some distant future, the poses will start to become natural and comfortable, and maybe even a bit more steady. Maybe Master Paalu and the Yoga Sutras are onto something in saying that asanas should be comfortable.
200hr YYT, September 2017