When we practice yoga we sometimes operate as our own therapist; trying to heal ourselves or maintain and support our health. We sometimes practice as fitness enthusiasts trying to develop our strength, stamina, and flexibility. And we also recognize that our practice works on our emotions, and our intellect, and our inner spirit.
As the Stay Home, Stay Safe order continues for at least another 3 weeks we all are cheering on the scientists. We need them to figure out what would be our best next safe moves. I propose you dedicate a practice to those scientists that are working so hard right now to understand the virus, looking for treatment and vaccine, and also the epidemiology ramifications on our society. Good scientists are clear thinking, objective, and creative. These qualities are developed in us when we practice.
Our Lab, (your mat), experiment will be to:
- activate a set of poses from an assigned mental confinement
- make objective observations after your attempt regarding the ease and stamina you feel in the pose.
- Then decide to activate the same set of poses from a new mental confinement.
- Form a hypothesis regarding if the switch will feel more or less ease or stamina.
- Test your prediction.
- Then report to yourself your findings.
This sounds more complicated than it is. The practice sheet below guides you through this exercise using commonly taught and practiced asanas. Have fun, put your lab coat over your yoga duds. Look within as you look afar. Ultimately any “mental confinement” should create a sense of ease and calm power, but hey, that would require a lot of practice.