What then forms the foundation of a Yoga practice? Though the answer can vary, I have found that a sustainable Yoga practice is supported by proper movement mechanics, awareness of the breath, and a philosophical orientation that considers the relationship between ease and effort. These three concepts have become the bedrock of my own approach to yoga, and have made my personal practice has become both more rewarding and interesting.
During guided meditations I have often been asked to visualize a still pond and I have never quite been successful. I was always trying to see within my mind's eye a pond where the water was not moving. This past time I was on vacation I walked around a medium sized pond twice daily and I noticed that the water within the pond was never still - insects gently landed on the water, fish jumped to catch them, ducks swam and dove all about, and children tried to skip rocks. Even though the water moved the overall feeling was peaceful, quiet. Perhaps then, a still pond is not an image to force into the mind but a feeling to invite into the heart. Read More