Human beings are naturally dynamic. Even when we opt for stillness, our hearts are beating, our breath is flowing, and all our systems are at work. Yet oftentimes, when we choose movement, our actions are unconscious and feel disconnected from our intention. Hatha yoga invites mindfulness into our actions, whether voluntary or involuntary, so that we become increasingly aware of how we move, breathe, and, eventually, how we might begin to ease into meditative stillness. In this way, all hatha yoga embraces flow—the conscious dynamism of movement within and between poses.
To flow with integrity we need good form and a stable structure. Like a river flowing from its mountain source toward the sea, the riverbed and objects along the way channel the flow, while the flow itself alters the shape of that which holds it. Sometimes the structure is so rigid that the flow becomes constricted, and sometimes a powerful flow will break the banks, creating a new path. With time and evolution, a careful balance always emerges, and the flow finds its optimal expression
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