The Co-Existence of Comfort and Discomfort

The yoga Asana practice—including prolonged holds of sitting poses for meditation—will require your comfort with discomfort. Without such discomfort, we’d never progress in our physical and mental training. There will naturally be discomfort as we explore our edges. But when we bear too much discomfort and push beyond safe boundaries, we can damage ourselves. Thus, it’s critical to learn how to cope with discomfort and how to discern between intensity and pain.

 

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What Does Yogic Movement Teach Us?

On the physical level, the yoga Asana practice lets us see how our bodies naturally move through space. Are there areas of tightness that restrict our freedom of movement? Are there imbalances in the body—front to back, top to bottom, left to right—that affect the way we move? Yoga lets us both observe and correct these areas of tightness and imbalances. This guides us to the knowledge of knowing when to exert effort and when to softly release.

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Shifting from Hip Mobility to Hip Stability

In yoga, there is a tendency to assume that we can stretch our way through perceived problems. Consider the ever-elusive “hip opening” action in the Asana practice. We aspire to use our hip-opening practice as a panacea for all our aches and woes. We imagine that open hips will allow us to wrap our legs into fancy postures like Lotus Pose. But an imperative step before the expansion of our hips is to first establish stability.

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The Keys to 3 Anatomical Planes of Movement

As yogis, the deepening of the Asana practice inspires us to better understand how we move—and as we become more aware, we head down a path toward even more curiosity and self-awareness. Understanding the three anatomical planes of movement can be the keys in helping you recognize patterns and imbalances in your body; allowing you to become more conscious, inquisitive, and ultimately, more knowledgeable of physical exploration. Having these tools of knowledge in your yogic toolbox will absolutely enthuse you to begin moving in directions that will awaken your fullest physical potential!

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Navigating Change Through 3 Yogic Perspectives

In the Buddhist teachings impermanence, it is believed that change is inevitable, continuous, and unavoidable. Everything changes. Just realizing that fact can protect you from turning to that most disempowering of reactions to change: "Why me?" What the Buddhists call impermanence, is the ever-changing nature of Shakti—the intrinsic, dynamic power at the heart of life. Shakti is the cosmic, divine feminine energy that continually brings things into manifest being, keeps them going for a while, then dissolves them.

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