Right at the heart of yoga lies the concept of sthira and sukham, steadiness and ease.
It’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of asanas (physical postures) and our aspiration to be stronger and more flexible. But, to remain true to yoga we must keep sthira and sukham at the forefront of our minds.
Next time you’re on your mat, make it part of your practice to check in every time you move into a posture. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Do I feel steady and safe?
2. Do I feel easeful? Check if your breath is relaxed and slow to be sure.
If the answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’ then you might consider moving deeper into the posture, if you’re not already at your edge.
If the answers to one or both is ‘no’ then it’s time to back off and search for steadiness and ease in a more gentle version of the posture. Or, perhaps it’s time for a full rest in child’s pose.
Join me in class this week to explore these fundamental concepts and to find out about sthirasukha.