Asana is nothing unless it leads you to the seat of your soul – BKS Iyengar

Asana is nothing unless it leads you to the seat of your soul – BKS Iyengar

This quote for me is everything. Asana helps us understand that pain, doubt and success is temporary. That achieving the full expression of the posture itself is not the goal, it is the journey through the self that matters. There are days when we can’t balance because we are not focused, and days when we may feel like giving up because of the pain. There are also times when our bodies move with ease and go further than we expect. Maybe physical practice reflects life itself. Maybe none of those days really matter because they are all the same, they are our preparation. Asana is merely our preparation for meditation. Especially in cities where we tend to sit down for more of our day and stare externally, often at screens, paperwork or even other people. We need asana to create movement within us, to begin to use and understand our bodies again and to bring that stare away from the outside and towards our internal self. Sitting still can be much harder than moving, especially if we haven’t used our physical energy that day. I still struggle sometimes, just to sit and be, and that is my journey and my challenge. I move simply to find stillness