In learning yoga, it makes me realise that we have to give ourselves time to get comfortable with the posture. Rushing into the ability to do the posture is definitely a No.
Relax and be comfortable in your body is a secret to doing our yoga posture right. In yoga sutra of Patanjali ‘Sthira Sukham asanam, echoed this thought, where sthira means steady and sukham implies comfort.
Ensuring our body are stable and do not feel any pain or discomfort in doing asana is important. Once the body is comfortable, the next step in our yoga asana practise is to let go of the effort put into the posture and simply observe our breath. Patanjali ‘s Yoga Sutra ‘Prayatna shaithilya ananta samapattibhyam explain this.
Lastly, we should also smile through yoga asana and see the difference. The smile may indicate whether we are doing the yoga posture right. The moment our smiles fades, understand that you are either overdoing the stretch or are uncomfortable in your posture.
It will be good to respect the limit in our body while doing the yoga asana. Each body is different and have different flexibility and capacity. So there is no need to rush into making the yoga posture perfect.
We can remember in this way that yoga is not like instant coffee but more like herbal tea. The longer you steep the tea, the richer the colour. Yoga only gets better with regular practice 🙂
Silvie – 200hr YTTC Weekend