Physical pain, restricted movement, low energy, and lack of focus happen with people in all walks of life. These difficulties are frequently related, yet they are often seen as separate.
When such troubles are linked, it makes sense to consider whether a deeper problem is the actual source of the struggle.
The Root of the Problem
In Simple Yoga, this root problem is understood as a lack of support.
At the most basic level, support is about connection. It’s about having resources. People gather support from sources as varied as the earth and gravity, air and breath, water and food, social relationships, and internal awareness and coordination.
Support is not just a concern of Simple Yoga. Consider some basic descriptions of other forms of yoga: alignment-based… flow… heart-centered. Each of these descriptions gives information about how a particular method goes about accessing support.
What’s different about Simple Yoga is that support is the central theme, the organizing principle. Therefore, particular attention is given toward how to define support, and how to perceive and experience it.
Simple Yoga provides a language for understanding support.
This is valuable because when support isn’t available, activities require more effort. Energy isn’t organized. Strain is the result. It’s possible to recognize such signs and trace them to their cause.
Yoga is well-suited to address an underlying problem like lack of support.
While support itself has physical, mental, and emotional components, a support-based yoga practice reveals that these elements are interconnected. It’s an approach that gives respect to the whole person, rather than trying to fix parts or chase after symptoms. Yoga after all, means union.
When Practice Doesn’t Work
Sometimes a mindset of striving and achievement takes root within yoga practice, disrupting the clarity of wholeness. Approaches to yoga that continually push limits are sometimes susceptible to this.
At the same time, even people using a gentle approach can get tripped up by a stealthy self-antagonism that flies in under the radar.
Yoga is generally assumed to be a healthy thing. Yet the practice of yoga is not automatically beneficial. It depends on how it’s done.
A key part of yoga practice involves learning to recognize habits and unconscious actions that cause problems. A method that starts with support is well-suited to address this.
A Different Approach
Simple Yoga starts from two basic principles:
1) Act from support.
2) Find small actions that make big changes.
The Priority of the Practice
It’s not about yoga abs or a yoga butt (but your body can become stronger, and more resilient). It’s not about trying to fit your body to a pose as though trying to squeeze into shoes that don’t fit (though you may find your body and mind become more precise and flexible). It’s not about the kind of yoga pants you wear, nor is it about the esoteric meditations you do (you may however develop more ease in residing with both your body and your mind).
Simple Yoga just uses the practices of yoga to explore how best to be at home with yourself.
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