- by Daniel Aaron
“Originally published in Kula Magazine, January 2015”
It seems like she’s avoiding looking me in the eye. Usually she’s so present, assured, and right now she seems uncomfortable with me.
I wonder if she’s nervous because I’m the studio owner, her employer, and she’s concerned that I might be evaluating her performance.
By now the tube is in and I’m on my back. Water has begun to flow.
I look at her. “I hope you can feel relaxed and easy with me, I trust you and am happy to be in your care.” The more relaxed she is, the more relaxed I’ll be – and the better this will go.
“I just keep thinking about missing that meeting.” She’d already sincerely and thoroughly apologized to me.
In the Bhagavad Gita, yoga is defined as skill in action. It’s one of my favorite definitions as it makes the idea of yoga so accessible, so practical.
In Patanjali Yoga Sutra, the structure makes it clear that Patanjali’s suggestions have nothing to do with morality or ethics. From the beginning, Patanjali clarifies that we are already divine creatures, already awakened. So of course no amount of asana or pranayama is going to make us better. We’re already perfect. Yet there is plenty of technique, plenty that Patanjali tells us we can do. Again, practical.
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