Movement through stillness
Yoga, as many of you know, is a term that means union or integration and not posture, (which is known as ‘asana’ in Sanskrit). So, it follows that not all yoga must be asana and that not all asana is yoga. The term ‘yoga’ refers to how you practice at least as much as what you practice. The yogis’ system is basically scientific, in spirit,and certainly pragmatic in its approach and incorporates aspects of our ordinary life, elevated onto a higher plane or refined into a purer form, so that the form can be used as a mirror instead of as something to suck us in and overwhelm us.
For example Mantra is the refined counterpart of ordinary speech, asana comprises informed and absorbed bodily actions and meditation is thought at its most subtle. The practices themselves are informed by other branches on the tree of yoga, so that contentment (santosa) allows self study (svadyaya) in a way that is as reflective as possible. When the mind is agitated by expectation from goals or targets, impatience, disappointment, embarrassment, shame and so on, then the surface of the mind mirror, like the surface of a lake, becomes rippled and distorted. As this mirror clears, it reflects to us the movement that exists in stillness, and moves all experience onwards. It shows its inevitability, its inherence, and so the yogin finds deeper contentment and rest, and learns to trust a deeper rhythm that can be tuned into and moved on without the need for aggression or violence (himsa). #yoganow #om #meditation #yogalove #yogalife #freedomthinkers #moksha