April 01, 2013

Let It Flow

Contemporary yoga has taken the practice to whole new levels of anatomical precision. Yet if we become too attached to form, we risk losing the simple pleasures and insights of mindful movement and perpetuating the barrier between body and mind that, ideally, hatha yoga breaks down. We can easily forget that yoga is a dance.

A vinyasa—the word can signify a particular position or movement but is most often used to refer to a series of movements consciously linked by the breath—is a wonderful example of how a sense of dance can be preserved in yoga. Try practicing a series of familiar poses with less ambition and more curiosity and a compelling impulse to see beyond the familiar boundaries of asana.

No matter what vinyasa asana sequence you're practicing, the important thing is that, as you progress, you get into the flow and explore.


Downward-Facing Dog to Upward Bow


Asana Column: Urdhva Dhanurasana (Backbend)


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