The science of yoga is like the art of music. There is a rhythm within the body, and that can only be maintained by paying attention to each step of the yoga pose, and to the progression between asanas. In your practice of yoga, there has to be a physical, physiological, psychological, and spiritual rhythm.
Unless there is harmony and melody, the music will not be worth listening to. The body is a truly sensitive and receptive instrument, and its vibrations, like sound express the harmony or dissonance within it. Each of these vibrations must synchronise in the movement, which is the asana.
Standing Poses connects us to the ground we walk on, Earth who supports us. Standing Poses give us the foundation upon which to build our practice and the combination of balance, strength and flexibility we need to live our lives. With our feet planted firmly on the ground, we are free to rise up or bend to meet the challenges of daily life. Physiologically, standing postures strengthens the leg muscles and joints, keep the spine flexible and long, open the heart, and increase blood circulation to the lower extremities.
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Our breath is the bridge from our body to mind, the element which makes this one-ness possible. Proper breathing is the tool which can bring them both together, illuminating both and bringing both peace and calm. ⠀
If we know how to breathe we know how to build up endless vitality: breath builds up the lungs, strengthens the blood, and revitalises every organ in the body.
In those moments when you are distracted and find it difficult to practice mindfulness, return to your breath. Connection to our breath is mindfulness. Our breath is the wondrous method of taking hold of our consciousness.
With our minds we create our world. The more healthy, positive and kind our minds are, the more happiness we can experience. Meditation helps us to be a more attentive parents, find deeper sense of our relationship to the world and a deeper intimacy and confidence in ourselves.
The more we can live in the present, as practised in meditation, the more fully we live our lives and the more joy we find. Meditation is a time to become familiar with more positive mind state and to experience for ourselves a taste of clarity, calmness and kindness. In meditation we rehearse a higher way of being which we gradually transfer to our day-to-day life.