February 7: Activate

The intensity of your practice is completely within your control.

If you ever find yourself in a lethargic pose or want more sensation, ask yourself, “where can I activate.”

I am blessed with natural tightness, so the first several years of my asana practice were very intense and exhausting. I rarely found surrender or relaxation within yoga, even restorative postures. However, lately, as my body finally shows signs of objective openness, I’ve noticed certain postures losing their intensity.  I gained perspective on what yoga feels like for the naturally flexible.

Everyone benefits from active asana.  Whether you are open or tight, the more engaged and awake your body is, the more integrity your practice will have.

Asana Practice: The next time you practice yoga, set the intention to  “activate” and “brighten” and watch your practice transform.

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