Nataraj Express

Journey to the Self

My Notes On Asana 11

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Being able or not to do a handstand, is not the purpose of Yoga. Being able to get or not into any pose, isn’t the purpose either. In reality there is no other purpose in Yoga than the experiential study of oneself, forever. Nothing else. ••• Personally, I love to get upside down because this practice is the only constant thing in my life for as long as I can remember. When I change my gaze and balance in my hands, I have to be fully present, riding the breath, being in the moment. And that reminder keeps with me always, making it easier for me to meditate later. I personally use asanas as a warm up for my sitting meditation. They teach me stillness and ease in the most awkward positions. Then, slowly, I try to be in stillness in the most chaotic situations of life. But it’s all a constant practice. If you think there is a goal and that you will reach it, Yoga is not for you. You must be prepared to have a beginner’s mind forever, and ever, and ever…. Yoga, like life, is all about ‘being’ in the midst of change. 

Author: Danah Blanco (Nataraj Express)

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