I remember the moment I knew with firm conviction that I would dedicate myself to asana practice in a major way. It was a summer afternoon in Manhattan. I had just finished taking a yoga class and I was walking to catch the crosstown bus.
I looked like just another person walking down Third Avenue, but inwardly I felt completely lit up, alive with an energy that was sweetly pulsing throughout my entire body.
It was as if I were a string of lights around a Christmas tree that had just been plugged in. I was compelled to just be with the experience. I found the nearest place to sit, which happened to be a concrete landing outside of an office building. I paused for a while, enjoying this extraordinary state of being.
More than twenty years later, that image of being lit up like Christmas lights, and the feeling that gave rise to it, has stayed with me. It has become more familiar over the years too.
I recognize it not only as a pleasurable after-effect of postural practice but also as a tangible reminder that through asana, we are awakening consciousness and expanding prana in the body.
~ from "Evolving Your Yoga: Ten Principles for an Enlightened Practice" Chapter 6
To evolve and deepen our yoga practice, we need to understand prana – what it is, how it manifests inside us, how it connects us to the energies of nature, how to harness it’s power in our practice to harmonize and nourish all levels of our being.
It's the profundity of our breath, of course, but so much more than that.
🌟 How can remembering prana as the power that moves your mind be helpful to you today?
🌟 How can acknowledging your breath as the energy of spirit dancing inside you support you today?
🌟 How can the understanding of prana as the energy that inextricably links you to all of nature nourish you today?