September 12, 2010
True Accomplishment in Yoga
“A Yoga posture is to be steady and comfortable.” ~ Yoga Sutras 2:46
Dr. Robert Butera’s take on this: “Mastering yoga poses requires the same unison of mind, body and spirit. While many yoga students develop great physical strength and flexibility, yoga’s true accomplishment has little to do with physical ability in the poses. A student in a yoga class might be extremely flexible, but if his mind is distracted, thinking of a to-do list, or competing with the person next to him, he is not truly practicing yoga. On the other hand, a focused 75-year old woman smiling in her modified form of the Tree Pose is mastering a whole different level of a yoga pose.
Yoga does not exclude students who are inflexible or physically limited due to injury, disability, or age. Though you may experience some physical discomfort when you begin doing yoga poses, with consistent practice you can achieve deep relaxation and effortlessness. Correctly practiced, yoga poses help our bodies achieve a feeling of non-existence, becoming like the whole wide expanse of heaven and earth merged into one.
As we learn to surrender the ego, we are empowered to change the way we live. The psychological shifts in perception that occur when we are mindful in a yoga pose can change our view of the situations in life that cause us stress or suffering. With practice, both in yoga poses and in life, the external world begins to have less power over us and the internal world is more at peace.”
“From the relaxation of tension, and connection to the infinite, we experience supreme consciousness.” ~ Yoga Sutras 2.47