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Asana is Steady and Comfortable

This video is about Sutra 2.46: Stiram sukham asanam (Asana is a steady and comfortable posture). We are looking for suppleness and strength in a posture. Where we are free of tension and toxins so with a quiet body, a quiet mind follows. A completely supple body is always healthy and tension free. So notice how you are sitting right now – where is there tension and where is there suppleness?

As we begin to notice patterns in our asanas we notice the same in our day-to-day. How does steadiness and ease show up for you? Are you often tense and stressed and unable to let go? Or are you so free and go with the flow that you have no control in your life? Just like in a asana where we don’t want to sink into our joins, we don’t want to be complete push overs in our lives.

Take a moment to reflect on which end of the spectrum you lean towards – strength, flexibility, or balanced sense of steadiness and ease?

No judgement, just become aware of your tendencies.

Feb10

Get Rooted

Grounding is an important practice for a sense of balance and security. When we feel uprooted it can be unnerving and create fear based reactions. When we balance our selves and focus on the muladhara (root chakra) we move with greater skill because we are not thrown off so easily. No matter if we are in a yoga class balancing on one foot or are moving across the world we are able to adjust and adapt.

This week in the Online Studio you will find videos giving different practices of grounding. In the move section you will explore different standing poses that help build strong roots into the earth. Sit practices that build mental grounding strength, as well as breathing and Live Light practices.

Shanti,

Liza

Jan18

12 Questions

Time flies and before you know it the New Year will be upon us!

Prior to the New Year’s Eve count down, break out your journal and ask yourself these 12 questions:

1. What are you most proud of from 2011?

2. What are you grateful for from 2011?

3. What are 3 things you will leave behind in 2011?

4. What has brought you the most joy in the past year?

5. How can you bring more joy into your life?

6. What is something or someone in your life that drains you?

7. What can you shift in your life to allow you to release what drains you?

8. What do you love?

9. What makes you smile?

10. How do you want to be in 2012?

11. What is your intention for the New Year?

12. How will you know you are staying true to who you want to be in 2012?

After answering these questions, let it settle! Give yourself time to register what you have uncovered.

Then, write out the answer to question # 3 on a piece of paper and crumple it up into a ball. Light it on fire and safely dispose of it. Watch the paper as the flames engulf it and turn it to ashes. Allow those things you listed to be truly left in the dust as you transition to a better you in 2012!

May we all live light, because everything is already okay.

Shanti,

Liza

Dec28

Ujjayi

Ujjayi breathing can be an extremely helpful practice once you get the hang of it. Until then it is going to feel very awkward! To practice you can try it lying down or in a seated position. The ujjayi breathing is created by gently constricting the opening of the throat to create some resistance to the passage of air. Gently pulling the breath in on inhalation and gently pushing the breath out on exhalation against this resistance creates a well-modulated and soothing sound—something like the sound of ocean waves rolling in and out. The key to Ujjayi breathing is relaxation. Inhaling can be more challenging with ujjayi so try to focus just on the exhales to start. One way to think about the breathing is as if you were sipping the breath in through a straw. If the suction is too strong the straw collapses and great force is required to suck anything through it. Once Ujjayi breathing is mastered in a supine or seated position, the challenge is to maintain the same quality of breathing throughout your asana (postures) practice.

Nov27