When we think of "yoga," one of the first things that comes to mind might be an image like this - a yoga "pose" or"posture," or "asana." And that's not wrong, but it's incomplete, often missing out on the range of mind-body and spirit practices steeped in a 5,000 year history in Indian
philosophy. Many of us come to yoga for flexibility, stress relief, health, and fitness. After consistent practice, many discover that practice
can cultivate even more: self reflection, the practices of kindness and
compassion, and the continued growth of self-awareness.
We often start with asana, as the body is the tangible, tactile container of our mind, breath and spirit and so a perfect place to start the
journey of the deep dive into the depths of you. Every shape, every sequence of poses - even the seemingly unchangeable structure of the
Ashtanga Yoga sequences - can be calibrated for the individual practitioner according to all the things that make them unique, from day to day, from moment to moment. Each shape that seems complex or "advanced" is precisely puzzled together from the most fundamental asanas; each piece being added in as we feel safe and ready to integrate it. Time and repetition are key; the breath is paramount.