Developing your regular practice

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