We are constantly busy looking outside ourselves and disengaging ourselves from the present moment.
With determination and diligent practice distractions and disengagement can be controlled. With continuous practice and patience, we learn to control and focus our minds and emotions.
At the heart of this practice are three elements:
breathing, poses, and gazing points.
Long, even breathing calms the nervous system and focuses the mind. the poses strengthen and increase the flexibility of the body.
Gazing points are where you look while in each pose; they relax and stabilize the mind.
These 3 elements of practice – breathing, poses, and gazing points are called “tristhana“ and this is the base of the Ashtanga Yoga practice.
We practice being strong, flexible, diligent, patient, calm, focused, relaxed, and stable because we understand that the cultivation of these qualities will serve us in class, but much more importantly; off the yoga mat.