Asana, prayer, yoga,

Written by Amanda Bell-Tardif - Studio Manager, Moksha Yoga Edmonton

When there is discomfort, we avoid. The mind starts to go and ultimately creates your out: it comes up with the BEST reasoning possible on why you MUST get out of that pose, or move away from discomfort. Because if you stay you will die. Right? 

...Okay well yes right, we’ll all die one day, but doubtfully due to that full minute dancers pose or from that extra long warrior two. 

The transitions in your asana practice are part of the experience. They actually make the practice, linking the body to the breath and allowing the body time to restore, to experience the expression of the posture. Unfortunately, we live in a society that likes to get in, get out, and done! Accomplished! Another thing checked off our “to do” list. We often tend to view our practice in that same light. I love to compare the asana portion of the yoga practice to a dance, some say moving meditation, I say dance (could be my ballerina roots shinning through). Relish within the movement of the breath as you sit and steep in discomfort, it is this steeping in discomfort that ignites the vehicle for change and transformation in the body and the mind.

The tendency to move quickly when we experience discomfort has rarely anything to do with the physical sensation in the body, but rather with the emotion we attach to that sensation. Or better yet the fear that we will fall out, or shake with weakness. The mind loves to get involved with your camel pose: as the dizziness sets in, the mind attaches to possible outcomes, usually negative, of the posture. But in actuality if you stay with it, you will realize none of those outcomes actually happen. 

We avoid the postures we need the most, I’m sure many of you have heard that before. The body naturally will go towards the path of least resistance. Doing postures we are great at, and avoiding postures we are challenged by. It’s human instinct; you could even say a protective shield. But what if you challenged yourself to delve into your own discomfort? You would start to create shift, change, and growth in your own physical practice. This is a given. This also takes time, consistency and persistence. Trust in the process of this dance, this quality of a moving meditation and in turn the practice of finding comfort within the most uncomfortable situations will begin to open up to you.


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