Review of the past week:
Over the past couple weeks Ignatian Yoga has put out daily intentions relating Lent with the yamas and niyamas – the restraints and observances that lay a moral groundwork for the rest of the 8 limbs.
- Which of the yamas and niyamas speak most to you?
- Which are most challenging?
- How can you adapt them to your particular life circumstance?
As we move through the next six limbs of the Yoga Sutras, we invite you to continue to practicing and integrating the yamas and niyamas into your particular context.
The Week Ahead:
Yoga Sutra II.46: sthira–sukham-āsanam
Translation: “Posture is steady and with satisfaction” Francis X. Clooney
The third limb of the Yoga Sutras is āsana. Āsana means sitting or seat and often involves engaging the physical body with stretches and movement. Although the word “yoga” in the West has the connotation of physical poses, the 195 verses of the Yoga Sutras makes only three mentions of it. The postures are an important parts of yoga, but they are only one aspect of a much larger holistic system.
sthira-sukham and Contemplative in Action
The terms sthira–sukham are often understood as effort and ease. As you go through your day be aware of your posture, the sensations in the body, and seek the middle point between effort and ease. Whether sitting at your desk or in prayer, standing in a line, or exercising, practice being a contemplative in action by finding the balance between effort and ease.