Yoga for clarity
Composure is our individual mix of balance and orientation.
It’s knowing ourselves in relationship: relationship to time, distance, and change.
Asana is the practice of discerning the forces that are acting on us from our fantasies and fears about those forces.
Doing too much is inherently unstable and drains us of vitality. A big arch in the back throws the torso forward and counterbalances with the shoulder and foot pulled behind the center line.
Stable self conflict, the state of wanting to do things but having dependable reasons why we can’t, is inertia, not balance.
Balance and orientation are the basis of all movement, interaction, and self awareness. They’re physical intelligence. They keep our view of the world and our grasp of it synced up.
Making meaning and finding our way are the pulse at the heart of being human.
Yoga is the development of composure, tuning our senses to life as it’s happening, and to self as life’s dynamic frontier.
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