Sutra Study Try some of the following text examinations and practice suggestions and see if they awaken anything within you. Read the first sixteen sutras of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. Professor Edwin Bryant says that in these sutras is Yoga Philosophy 101.
- Reflect how they relate to your practice and life
- Using your own words rewrite the sutras
- Feel free to put them into bullet points or an outline
- Remember to distills the main ideas articulated in those first sixteen sutras
- Be specific on how you are practicing bringing them off the page and into your heart and into your life
Asana Practice Practice Utthita Parsvakonasana and Virabhadrasana 3.
- How are they related or linked to each other?
- How does Utthita Parsvakonasana teach and inform Virabhadrasana 3 and vise-versa?
And for fun
- Try finding different ways to move into and out of the standing poses
- If you find something informative or helpful consider how you are doing what you are doing
- Always question why are you doing it (besides the fact that it is a game we are playing with)
When playing with the above practices, or when you are practicing any pose, especially the difficult ones keep asking,
- How am I doing this?
- How am I going about this?
- What am I really doing?
Go step by step. Dive in and feel your way through the process. Live and practice in the presence of these questions. Let them be like traveling companions that accompany you on your journeys.Keep letting go of the mind that wants to "get it right". Krishna tells Arjuna
"One should not give up the work suited to one's nature, though it may be defective, for all enterprises are clouded by defects as fire by smoke"
The Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18, verse 48