Wisdom: Asana in Focus

Awareness Intentions for the year, inspired by the Upanishads

Namaste to all! Wish you all a happy and fruitful 2012. Now, right at the commencement of the year, let us affirm our firm standing with awareness and svadhyaya. The following is based on 12 svadhyaya instructions given in Taittiriya Upanishad.

1.Ritam cha svadhyaya pravachanecha Ritam means clarity of teachings. So, let us intend to have clarity about the teachings which are taught, especially in the light of what is skilful and wholesome and what is not. Let us practice awareness …

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The Ashtanga Roll

Midway through the Ashtanga Week at Manasa, Manoj reminds students to concentrate on vinyasa (breath linked movements) and drishti (steady gaze) while in practice. He also shares some points on the right (and safe) way of attempting backrolls!

Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Ground evenly through the four corners of each foot.
Now draw the inner legs upward strongly towards the groins while simultaneously lengthening down through the outer legs.
Keep the shoulder blades firmly drawn into the back ribs.
Keeping your hands by the hips, look down to see the line of the navel and pubic symphisis. It must be pointing straight at the mid point on the floor between the two feet.
Now start to slowly shift weight …

Urdhva mukha svana asana (updog)

Approaching the asana

Lie on your stomach with the forehead down on the floor (pronation ) with the hands underneath your shoulders for beginners, or besides your chest for intermediates, and eventually by the sides of your waist
Draw the front top of your upper arms and the outer collar bones strongly upward away from the floor so that your upper arms become reasonably parallel to the floor as well as to each …