To everything, there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3
Twenty-two hundred years ago Patanjali wrote this about the practice of yoga: “sthira-sukham asanam.” It enjoins us to have a balance of effort and ease in our yoga.
Joel Kramer put it this way: “Yoga is a dance between control and surrender-between pushing and letting go- and when to push and when to let go becomes part of the creative process, part of the open-ended exploration of your being.”
In our classes, I put a lot of emphasis on doing less and letting go. Tomorrow's class will include the other side of the coin. It is called “tapas” in yoga. Tapas means having a fiery passion, a discipline.
For those who have been with me a while, I have explained about the bone yoga we will do tomorrow. It’s this:
Loren Fishman, an orthopedic medical doctor and yogi, has done extensive research on the effectiveness of a series of 12 yoga poses held between seven and 72 seconds to strengthen bones. Putting strong effort into holding the pose is what builds bone cells.
I have been a certified trainer in yoga for strong bones for years. I have also experienced the benefits of this practice personally.
When I did these poses five days a week for two years, my hip bone density increased by 13%. Here is a YouTube video of the 12 poses https://sciatica.org/new-study/.
This week let’s strengthen our bones as we balance our practice with effort and ease.
Hope you can make it to Willow Street Yoga from 11 am until 12:30 pm on this and every Wednesday. You can sign up in advance at https://willowstreetyoga.com/ or pay at the door.