Yoga practice is a path through life, characterised by
- DHARMA: that which uplifts, sustains and supports
- TAPAS: discipline, keenness
It demands that we EXAMINE OURSELVES
in CREATING AND SUSTAINING BALANCE AND EQUILIBRIUM
- Of the annamaya kosa, the muscular skeletal layer of being
- Of the pranamaya kosa, the organic systems
- Of the manomaya kosa, the mental and emotional layer
- Of the vijnanamaya kosa, the intellectual being
- Of the jnanamaya kosa, the layer of wisdom and knowledge
The primary principle of yoga is ahimsa: non-violence, not doing harm. Be gentle in your firmness and keenness.
ASANA ARCHITECTURES: think about these questions as you plan your pactice
- What are the patterns and similarities in shape and form?
- How can we create and sustain symmetry of action, even in asymmetrical poses?
- Is this an inward or outward asana? Quietening or invigorating?
- Where needs to be firm and established?
- What needs to move or be extended? In what directions?
There are programmes in all the classic texts about Iyengar yoga so you can plan and structure a practice or follow a daily or weekly programme with confidence.
ALWAYS FINISH WITH SAVASANA
Laura Potts January 2018