Taking hard poses with ease and easy poses with concentrated effort

Somewhere along our journey as yogis, all of us find a way to find he’s an difficult poses. To calm the mind and release the fear when holding a warrior three pose for a while, or in crow pose. 

But what I started to realize is the opposite is even more important.This morning, I did a slow hatha yin class. And I realize that doing these long easy poses, like a simple twist well seated or even a standing forward bend, is the perfect time to practice my uddiyana bandha – keeping the abdomen firm to support the pose – to concentrate on perfecting the alignment of my spine, my pelvis and my arms and legs, and to focus on my breath.

Maintaining focus and effort in easy poses is the other side of maintaining ease in hard poses – perhaps it’s keeping that balance where we find yoga.

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