If you are one those foodies I mentioned in the last blog, perhaps you also cook a little.  If you make a roasted chicken you know how it goes:  Buy the whole chicken, wash or brine it, marinate or season it, roast it in the oven on on the grill at a very high heat so the skin gets crisp and the meat becomes tender, and then what?  When you take it out of the oven, do you carve it right away?  No!  You let it rest.  Ten, fifteen minutes or so, to let those juices that you worked so hard to coax soak back into the meat, otherwise they would just ooze out onto the counter and you would have a dry chicken.

Yoga poses are the same.  We get ready, get ourselves to class, roll out the mat, the teacher guides us into a shape and holds us there.  To cook.  At high heat.  To harness energy (prana).  What happens then if we just plop out of the pose and move onto the next one?  All those preciousjuices” flow out of us.  Wasted energy.  If, however, we come to what in my circle we call the second half of the pose, we rest, either standing or in down dog or child’s pose or some shape then we are able to pause and let prana move and speak to us in its infinite wisdom.  If we miss this part, we are missing one of the most valuable aspects of the asana practice; noticing the movement (or stillness) of energy.

In classes this week the invitation is to focus not on the active movement and fancy shapes in which we put our bodies, but to notice the quiet places in between.  What is prana telling us?  How does it vibrate, swirl or flood the body?  What physical, emotional and mental manifestations occur from harnessing that energy in the pose?

As each of us is our own scientist AND experiment at the same time, we can not only move through posture (experiment) and notice the reaction in all aspects (scientist).  If we only focus on the shapes and gyrations, well, we are missing a whole lot of insight into our own True nature.  Check out the quiet spaces between activity on and off the mat and see what secret wisdoms are just aching to find you.

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. ~William Penn