Asana as the Foundation of Higher Living
Once they have a clear idea of what they need and what they might do about it, they are to hold that thought in their minds during asana practice. At the same time, they are to tune into the power generated by their asana and use these positive feelings to attain their goal. This gives the practice of asana a higher and broader purpose.
The Second Step: Awareness
The normal distracted, undisciplined mind, the so-called "monkey-mind," wastes energy in negative thinking and emotional turmoil. Therefore, rather than allowing the mind to wander enmeshed in this state, aim to consciously use the energy that was trapped in the negative to power positive mental states.
The Third Step: Focus The third step, once your students have assumed their asana pose, is to remind them of what they contemplated before commencing the practice: what they want to achieve in their lives right now. Instruct them to ask themselves, "What am I feeling at this moment?" At the same time, encourage them to focus on identifying any positive feelings they have.
A well-performed asana is not one that fits an idealized image. Rather, a well-performed asana generates feelings of being grounded, balanced, self-nourished, energized, in control. While the students are creating these positive states of being, ask them to focus on their weakness or difficulty. They need to sense the deep inner strength and confidence they can cultivate through asana practice and observe how it affects their sense of their weakness or problem.
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