Friday, April 12, 2013

Stillness - Vinyasa (Yoga Book Club Schiffmann #1)

Have you ever watched a perfectly balanced spinning top?  Poised yet moving at maximum speed this top appears motionless.  The stillness it requires to present such graceful movement is the same stillness you may have experienced at times in your own life.  Those moments when you feel perfectly content, exceptionally aware, and intensely connected.  

Anything but motionless, this dynamic stillness is achieved only when energy is moving freely through you.  When you wholeheartedly step into the moment, unbounded by affliction and completely connected to your center.

Undoubtedly you have also felt like the wobbly top, unbalanced and unsteady.  Off-center with an inconsistent connection to the ground.  This feeling occurs when we forget our authentic self, when we are disconnected from our true nature.  All our lives, many people - even with the best intentions - told us who we were.  They handed us a cloak to wear, burdensome at best, veiling our true nature and blocking our connection to our center.  

“Yoga is a way of moving into stillness in order to experience the truth of who you are.  It is also a way of learning to be centered in action so that you always have the clearest perspective on what’s happening and are therefore able to respond most appropriately. “  

Counting Backwards with the Breath:

To begin your practice, count backwards for each part of your breath (both the inhale or the exhale).  You can you beads to help maintain your focus or you can quietly count to yourself.  Starting with a deep inhale, then on the exhale say 54, inhale 53, exhale 52, inhale 51 and so on.  When you have come to the end stop counting and follow your breath gently for a few minutes.  

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