Tips for Yoga as a Movement Exploration
Why do you practice Yoga? I’ve been exploring this theme in my own practice this past week. With a shoulder injury and limited range of motion, I’ve found my Yoga looks more restorative and less structured than ever before. I practice on my mat today to explore movement in my body and to feel more at ease with my thoughts. Yoga, to me, is not about perfecting a pose or performing. (Although Instagram photos might have you think otherwise.)Reflect this week if your journey can be more of a playful exploration than technique driven outcome. Alignment is important but not at the expense of pleasurable, exploratory movement that just makes you feel good. A great litmus test is: Do I feel safe in this pose? And, how will I feel a few days after? If the answer is yes and good, then your practice is much more likely to bring you that Ananda (joy) and cultivate Prema (love) that you seek.