It’s time to wipe the slate clean, find a new way to practice the postures and come at it like it’s the first time you have ever done the asana.
The other day I had an idea for a practice, something I remembered doing once in class, so long ago I could scarcely recall what the sequence was… but I wanted to revisit it.
So I started to do my iyengar yoga practice with a vague idea, but didn’t really know what I was doing. It was clunky and I fumbled my way through, but in the fumble, I explored and questioned and was curious and for all that it was messy, it was open and boundless.
There are some poses we know very well and we say for example’ ‘i know trikonasana’ and every time we practice it we do it the same way, with the same actions and we just practice it to practice it rather than I learn something new.
I challenge you to approach your ‘regular’ asana from a different angle, do them a different way, with a different focus and see what you might learn about yourself, your habit and tendencies in your practice and perhaps also in your life.
Here are a few tips to approaching an asana like you don’t know it.
List 3 different ways you can think of to do ‘the asana’
List 3 asana that has similar actions to ‘the asana’ in mind and practice them
Practice ‘the asana’ in a different order than you normally would.
What what you gain and what you lose in practicing the asana differently.
Watch the vide below on some inspiration to your approach to practice that I got when I was in Pune.