By practicing and living these principles in our daily life, the teachings become a greater gift. One can begin to see yoga as more than a physical practice, and know the wisdom of the ancient tradition.
Sthira sukham asanam: steady comfortable posture. This well-known yoga sutra points out two naturally opposing but equally powerful forces; sthira and sukha. Sthira means steady and alert—active and strong. Sukha means comfortable and soft—joyful and open.
As in life, growth in our yoga practice happens through challenge. No mud, no lotus as they say. We grow and learn the most through postures that challenge us. I've heard it said, the postures you do not like are those you need most.
On Valentine's Day February 14, 2001, I stepped into my first yoga class. The practice drew to me like a magnet and continues to positively enrich my life in many ways. Yoga points us inward, back to ourselves, again and again.
Whatever you are working toward or hoping for . . . relax your grip. When one tries too hard or holds too tightly, we end up pushing the things we want further away. Imagine a tightly closed hand. It is full of resistance and repels with its clenched nature.