Sunday, October 2, 2011

Finding Strength

With graduation around the corner my fluctuations of mind regarding the future and things I must do are really roaring. I know what I need to do, I have a peace about where I'm going but with me being pulled in so many places I really need to some practice so grounded fortitude. There are the pictures, announcements/invitations, graduate school applications, internship for next semester. So my practices lately have consisted of standing balances poses (tree pose, triangle pose) and those of strength (warrior pose). They force me to center myself, to realize that in all that is going on in life and all that I must do to not loose sight of myself, and why exactly I have to do such things. The process of balance and becoming centered, for me, prompts me to look inward and realize that I am on track, that I am capable, and I am right on time. No need to stress.


  1. It's interesting that you use warrior, tree, and triangle poses to center yourself and guard yourself from the fluctuations of the mind, because these are poses in which I often worry about how "right" I am doing them--I think I typically use poses I am confident in to do the same. But I like your emphasis on strength and stability in these poses to achieve inner balance. I might incorporate these specifically more often at home!

  2. I agree with Antonia that I usually go poses that I think I'm doing right and can do fairly well whenever I don't want to worry because I want to feel like I'm doing something right in my life. However, you have better reasons for doing standing poses than I have for doing all my poses. I think it's amazing how we can use yoga - a physical action - to impact our mentality. I also want to incorporate these poses into my life to achieve more stability and balance!

  3. Yeah, I guess my asana practice is really driven by how the poses make me feel. To me, each yoga journey is different, each asana practice unique and subjective. Like much of life what we get out of it, is colored by our perception and the investment we put into it. Basically, I don't see asana practice as having one set pose, but rather a prototype. So whatever your version of that prototype is, it doesn't matter how "close" you come to mimicing it, as long as it stills the fluctuations of mind and allows you to gain peace and fortitude, then it is just right :)