After my three week break, I am re-reading recent postings and get the sense that it all comes back to some pretty simple and yet frustratingly elusive things. One of my holiday reads was Yoga School Dropout by Lucy Edge. It starts as a light read as she travels through India from ashram to ashram, sampling as from a pick and mix, searching for The Place with The Answers. Her story is told with much humour and self deprecation, and whilst she figures out some key things, she still has a long journey ahead at the close of the book. But what she does conclude is that it is less important what you do than how you do it.
On our mats we can bear this in mind in our ability stay connected to the sense of moving meditation with our breath control. And also in our choice of asana, how we actively work in the pose, and what we discover. We can be mindful of when we are straining or taking things too far, but also when we have slackened off too much, perhaps in less challenging poses. So breath by breath, keep tuned into how you are working- no autopilot and no overdrive!
Ruth is a yoga therapist and yoga teacher based in Cheltenham, UK. She emphasises yoga as a tool for well-being, for individuals and in her classes, in person or via zoom.