So far, things have been kind of down for us. We've been dealing with illness and stress. But, we are keeping our heads up.
Good news!!! DH has started waking early every morning to do yoga! I never thought I'd see the day, but he is loving it, and feeling better already. It is tremendous when we can share these things with our partner.
I received the new issue of Yoga Journal today and read the article about the history of asana poses -Yoga's Greater Truth. Apparently, the yoga we practice today is not the yoga of old as many of us have believed. It is relatively new from 1920s and 30s. The article is really interesting, and poses a lot of important questions. I haven't gotten to delve into the traditional yoga texts yet, so much of what I am basing yoga on is what I have learned from asana practice.
At this time, asana is a means for me to be in the moment. To slow down and connect with my mind and body. The attention paid to the movement and breath are such that I don't get outside of practice. It is a stress reliever and a time for prayer and meditation. Each movement is like a prayer from inside.
Also, my yoga practice is my workout. It is my exercise and a means to a healthy body. It is working well for that too.
Knowing that the asana we practice is kind of new and some of the poses actually got their start in Western cultures, what does asana mean to you? How much is it a part of your yoga practice?