I can't do that!

Sunday, 02 August 2020 14:56
As a teacher I quite often hear the following exclamation come out of the mouth of a student: “I can’t do that!"

The photo shows Dorz and I in Eka Pada Rajakapotasana 1 (One Legged King Pigeon Pose Variation 1). We are working in the pose; we are working toward the asana. I can imagine that my senior teachers would look at our poses and pick them to bits! As they’re not perfect and never will be. It is impossible. But that’s not a negative thing, it’s a positive. It makes the asana, and the work toward it, infinite. We work with our bodies to explore the realm of what is possible. We can study ourselves while we sit on the edge of limitations, poking at the edges of what we are and what we can do. We sit in the asana from a point of observation and interest not with struggle or pushing. 
The asana should be stable and so should the mind. Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra “Sthira Sukham Asanam” states that the asana should be stable, firm. Sukham is quite often translated to mean easy, but can also be translated as delightful, joyful. Literally it means good space (su= good, kha= space). It shouldn’t be too serious. Sometimes we are caught up in the effort in trying to achieve and being focused on the elements we can’t ‘do’. A sense of lightness and fun need to be found.

Cultivating a sense of sthira and sukha as we move through the days of our lives establishes a foundation for our spiritual journey and for weathering the inevitable changes and obstacles that come our way.

Get on your mat :)

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Nic & Tom

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