There is a phrase often used to describe the nature of Posture practice - Sthira sukham asanam - which means "Stable and easy in the posture." The phrase illuminates the dual nature of the practice - hard and soft, strong yet relaxed.
Today I notice the mental elements of the Postures too. The mind should be calm, quiet, soft, easy. While the body is rigid, strong and engaged.
In the postures, the body is strong, stable, Sthira while the mind is calm, peaceful, Sukha. A balance of effort and ease.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga