Thursday, March 07, 2013
Why the asanas have to be challenging.
When practicing Ashtanga yoga we learn crazy asanas, yet we shall also learn to do them in a relaxed way. What ever pose we do we shall breathe evenly. The eyes shall gaze at a point and not move around or be closed. These are techniques to calm the mind.
It's challenging when there is pressure on the chest when the body is back bending. The first reaction often is to hold the breath. Another reaction is to breathe loudly and uneven. The job is to go with the body as far as possible yet to stay relaxed.
In a lying position it's easy to stay cool.
When practicing long enough to put the body in a stressful position and to stay calm this can become a mental habit.
When life gets tough one can use the same habits like on the mat: deep even breathing, calm eyes, being optimistic.
If we practice as it is supposed to be, we can learn an approach to life that is relaxing.
Finally Ashtanga yoga is an exercise for the mind as it is for the body. Becoming conscious of it is a huge step forward.
I just came home from grocery shopping. A driver of a car drove so aggressively. I went over the street and the light showed green. I thought he'd kill me. He came around the corner with high speed. A woman turned around and asked me if the car has hit me, it was so close.
Inhaling, pause, exhaling. I'm glad that I can write this blog post.