You and the Mat, October 2022

QUOTES:
    • Sthira/sukha as defined by T.K.V. Desikachar: “Alertness without tension/ relaxation without dullness.”
    • Leslie Kaminoff: “Figuring out (swadhaya) what is negotiable (tapas) and what is not (ishvara pranidhana) – based on your anatomy – is the basis of Yoga practice.”
    • Leslie Kaminoff: “If you can make even a tiny bit of positive change in something you do a lot of (breathing, walking), that’s a lot of positive change.”
    • Leslie Kaminoff: “Our job is not to focus on what has gone wrong in a person’s body. Our job as yoga educators is to focus on what is still going right.”
    • T.K.V. Desikachar: “The recognition of confusion is a form of clarity.”
    • Leslie Kaminoff: “The benefit of learning a new breathing technique is unlearning your old way of breathing.”
    • T.K.V. Desikachar: “The form of the practice should serve the function.”
    • T.K.V. Desikachar: “Your yoga practice must always be a little more clever than your habits (tapas).”
    • Leslie Kaminoff: “There is no such thing as an asana without the person making the shape. You can’t abstract asana outside of the person doing it.”
    • Leslie Kaminoff: “Asanas don’t have alignment, people have alignment. Asana is something people do, it does not exist outside of an individual’s body.”
    • Amy Matthews, paraphrasing Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen: “Healthy movement is well-distributed: a little bit of movement from a lot of places.” This was further clarified by Leslie: “a little bit of movement, coming from a lot of places, repeated a reasonable number of times.”
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