Why is smooth a quality of movement I desire to see in all of my students both during private sessions at Sukha Yoga Therapy and yoga encounters throughout the world? Smooth is when there are no snags, congestion, or hesitation, it denotes a place that is uncluttered and clean.
A place where the bones guide freely in the joints, a place where there is a gracefulness and coordination. If you can see the body as a barometer or maybe a mirror of what we are experiencing in our lives, in our relationships, in our bank accounts - would we not want things to run smoothly rather than be congested, stagnant, rough or edgy?
When we practice with smoothness in our bodies, we shift the neuromuscular pathways that support smooth. This can stir smoothness in consciousness, breath and ways of thinking.
I often see this with my clients. I see this first hand from the smooth progression from the first session , to the second and third and so on a...
Much of my time as a yoga teacher and studio owner is spent observing. I observe my students, I observe other teachers, I observe the Yoga industry whether it be in Charlotte, Oregon or anywhere in the world, and I observe myself as to react or not to what is happening in front of me. I have become quite open to the idea that my way of thinking and seeing the world is remarkably my own, and it also belongs to a collective consciousness. The next seven blogs will teach the principles of movement I use when I work with my private clients at Sukha Yoga Therapy, and you will see how relevant they are to our lives.
Patanjali’s one direct instruction for asana - Sthira Sukham Asanam. (verse ll-46)
Practicing yoga with strength and in a relaxed manner gives rise to harmony with the physical body