Often the first several postures of yoga practice are done standing. We exercise the body gradually, beginning with simple movements in the big muscles and joints, eventually moving to deeper and more complex positions.
As you move through the different positions, realize that every day will be different. Our bodies and minds respond differently depending on the time of day, the temperature, our state of mind, our energy level, etc. Always strive to move gently and fluidly; focus on maintaining ease in the body, breath and mind. Don’t strive for depth or intensity. Simply move the body with control.
In each posture, come to a place where you can be still. Focus your mind on the calmness of your breath. You may feel stretching in an area where you are tight, and you may feel burning or exhaustion in an area where you are weak. In either case, find a place where your ability to relax is equal to your effort. This is important. You will increase in flexibility and strength, but even better, you will cultivate calmness, patience and perseverance.
Excerpt from the Beginning Ghosh Yoga Practice Manual.
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga. This blog is about their experience with yoga practice, study and teaching.
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