Thursday, October 20, 2011

Balancing effort (tapas) and contentment (santosha) in Hatha Yoga 1

In my Hatha Yoga 1 classes this month, we will focus on balancing effort (tapas) and contentment (santosha) by way of practicing the balancing poses. The physical postures of hatha yoga are metaphors, so whatever happens on our mat can tell us something about what is happening in our lives if we listen deeply to the quiet voice of the heart. Our efforts (tapas) to attain physical balance in our yoga asana practice help us to cultivate more balance in our lives outside of the yoga studio, off the mat. Effort is different from struggling, striving, or pushing. Effort is using our energy purposefully and mindfully to move towards a goal while being content (santosha) with where we are physically, today, at this moment. One of my teachers, Ti Harmony, often summarizes the relationship between effort and contentment by saying, “Everything is perfect, but there’s always room for improvement.” Join me for this exploration on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 12:30pm at Triangle Yoga.

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