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Yoga Journal asked Nicki Doane, co-owner and supervisor of Maya Yoga Workshop in Maui, to show us a teaching from each of the four chapters of the Yoga exercise Sutra of Pantanjali this month. This week: The how of yoga exercise– accessing your spirit body via your physical body.

The Yoga exercise Sutra of Patanjali: Sadhana Pada

I find Sadhana Pada, the second chapter, or pada, of the Yoga exercise Sutra, to be the most sensible beginning factor for many yogis. (Sadhana refers to our spiritual technique and also as yogis we are recognized as Sadhakas.) Something Patanjali claims in this chapter reverberates deeply with me as a Hatha yogi: The simplest way to have access to our mind is with our physical tissue. We understand that we are complicated individuals with many levels consisting of the physical, emotional, spiritual, as well as mental bodies. I figure that all levels of our being are adjoined and also co-dependent. Therefore, it only makes good sense to regard our physique as a temple and also a way or car for transformation as well as liberation. As Mr. Iyengar said so perfectly, my body is my holy place as well as the asanas (presents) are my petitions. It just produces disharmony as well as tension when we attempt to live our lives individually as well as separated. We can not be indicate to other people as well as anticipate deep spiritual development in our yoga exercise practice.

Three Sutras on Asana from Pada II

II.46 Sthira sukham asanam

The first one is Sthira sukham asanam. Sthira suggests stamina, steadiness, the capacity to stay, endurance. Sukha implies sweet taste or ease of initiative. Asana indicates a position, of both the body and the mind. So, to paraphrase below, this sutra clarifies the 2 qualities that we are always seeking in a posture, specifically sthira and sukha. Basically, in every position, we are consistently making every effort for initiative without tension and also a state of relaxation without being plain. We intend to look out, existing, and also secure in our being. This was the initial yoga exercise sutra that I made use of while instructing a yoga class. It is a remarkable suggestion of what we are working for in our yoga exercise practice. As my practice and teaching deepened, I realized just how much it also refers to the pose of our mind as well as how we hold our own selves not only physically.

II.47 Prayatna shaitilyananta samapattibhyam

The 2nd sutra that particularly addresses asana is Prayatna shaitilyananta sama pattibhyam. Without getting unfathomable into the etymology of the words, I will certainly specify just a couple of words to offer you a better understanding of the sutra. The origin of the word prayatna is yatna, which means effort. Shaithilya has its roots in shanti, or peace. Ananta refers to the snake Adishesha and also to the endless energy within, the serpentine quality of spirit. I find this specific sutra always has the capability to assist people not to take themselves so seriously. It means that we should bear in mind to relax the strength of our effort and to contemplate the endless energy within, since all of this (life, etc., whatever ‘it’ is) endlesses. Often yoga could appear goal-oriented, specifically when we are so concentrated on attaining a certain pose. If we make use of the poses to evaluate our own selves, we are missing the entire point of yoga. Now, if we can slow down and learn to allow ourselves where we are today, right now, after that we can find out to be more forgiving of ourselves and hopefully of others. Slow down, relax the intensity of your initiative, as well as enjoy the ride!

II.48 Tato dvandvanabhighatahah

The third sutra that directly relates to asana is number 48: Tato dvandvanabhighatahah. This sutra informs us that when we practice genuinely and also with our full initiative, there are no requirements to the practice. It doesn’t matter exactly how old we are, where we are from, our gender, dimension, rich or inadequate, if we exercise seriously, then none of that will certainly matter. I presume that to mean that yoga exercise makes the difficult possible! I understand that every individual reviewing this has had a yoga exercise present they thought they would certainly never be able to do as well as currently they are doing it– in shorts, the difficult ended up being possible. This is just one of the most motivating sutras, specifically nowadays when individuals think they need to be in shape or in wonderful form to do yoga. I can not tell you the variety of times people have actually told me they will certainly begin concerning my course when they get even more flexible. There are no requirements to practicing yoga– simply do it!

Even when gift covering and pie baking slip by asana and also reflection on your to-do listing, there is still constantly an opportunity to get in touch with your truest Self. Follow us all month on Facebook as well as Instagram for spiritual motivation and also share just how you #stokeyourspirit.