Fresh Squeezed Prana

“You are good enough for your practice.  Is your practice good enough for you?”  Once, while reclining in savasana these words flashed before my inner eye.  In my meditative calm I felt the crystalline truth of this subconscious message.  Upon arising I was left with the task of fashioning an explanation for its deeper meaning.

Janu Sirsasana C - An approach taken apart in stages. Stage I involves drawing one's femur back in it's socket. Obstacles here include hip flexor tension and lat engagement.
Janu Sirsasana C – An approach taken apart in stages. Stage I involves drawing one’s femur back in its socket. Obstacles here include hip flexor tension and lat engagement.

Sometimes my relationship with yoga resembles a jigsaw puzzle.  When an obstacle in a posture is resolved through a deepen twist or bend, the consequence of this resolution creates other obstacles which require attention.  The infinite perfectibility of a posture can oftentimes be overwhelming for yoga practitioners at all levels of experience.

Stage II involves planting the one's big toe, then applying a mindful external rotation of the hip. Obstacles include toe strength and bicep engagement.
Stage II involves planting the one’s big toe, then applying a mindful external rotation of the hip. Obstacles include toe strength and bicep engagement.

Luckily, this sort of phenomena has been has been observed over millennia; in eastern philosophy it’s often called mayaMaya means illusion, and it is basically a product of mental modifications, which separates our attention away from source consciousness.  I don’t want to say maya is bad or good.  Maya needs to be understood in the present moment for what it is.

Stage III is perhaps the trickiest stage and should not be attempted unless one's knee is touching the floor. The goal is to position one's foot plumb to the floor while pressing the heal in towards the navel. Obstacles include applying weight exclusivity through the big toe, as well as a mindful engagement of one's extended hamstrings and obliques.
Stage III is perhaps the trickiest stage and should not be attempted unless one’s knee is touching the floor. The goal is to position one’s foot plumb to the floor while pressing the heal in towards the navel. Obstacles include applying weight exclusivity through the big toe, as well as a mindful extension of one’s hamstrings and obliques.

I am a strong advocate of a nutritious and fun yoga practice.  One whose positive energy can be felt up to 30 hours afterwards.  A truly fruitful practice helps me perfect the art of transforming postural barriers (i.e. maya) into road-signs towards success.  I feel the practitioners at all levels of experience should strive to transform their notion of a good practice towards that of a fruitful practice.

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