Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hold the pose - longer - longer

Why do we hold the pose in our asana practice? Because it takes time to get still and go within. The yoga sutras say "Sthira Sukham Asananam" - Sthira means firm, unmoving, immobile. Sukham means happiness, joy, delight.

Thus, it is by holding the pose - being still in the asana that we can find the inner joy and happiness that exists. That is the only place it exists. Wait for it. Hold the pose a little longer. Move through the aches and pains and itches and twitches that have us come out of the pose a moment too soon - the moment before the miracle happens.

Hold the pose.

Namaskar - Jim

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