When one is ready to deepen one’s asana practise, it does not necessarily mean becoming more flexible. Deepening practise is becoming more and more aware of the internal process of the asana from the core to the limit of the body and beyond. i would like to share a sequence with you that I often use with my students and regularly use in my own practise. This sequence is amazing for giving a profound sense of each asana in your practise.
When you have found your position, use the breath as you oscillate between the focus points as follows:
1. Inhale bringing your attention to your core, your own spirit.
2. Exhale moving your attention away from you to connect with the outside world.
3. Inhale acceptance of the ways things are, the way your body is in this moment.
4. Exhale and surrender to the earth.
5. Inhale, lengthening through the pose.
6. Exhale, find your connection to the earth.
7. Inhale bring your attention to the parts of the body furthest from the core.
8. Exhale and find the form of the pose.
9. Inhale and lengthen.
10.Exhale and return to the earth.
If you use long deep ujjai breath with this sequence, you will be amazed at how deep your practise becomes – now you are doing yoga!!!