unearthing the inner yogi 

There is a way in which you can monitor your yoga practice. Most asanas, or postures, ask you to leave the zone of comfort and move into the zone of discomfort. Experiencing discomfort is a good thing. It is tempting to stay within one's comfort zone. But for yoga to effectively open up and change your body it is important that you feel your self moving from the comfort zone to the discomfort zone in a conscious, willing way.

However, when you leave the discomfort zone and enter the pain zone you have gone too far and are actually slowing down your body's yogic development.

You must learn to distinguish between discomfort and pain. Bodies are creatures of habit, and at first resist anything out of the ordinary including mild discomfort. Be kind to your self, engage your body in an inner dialogue and allow the discomfort while disallowing the pain.

 Abhay Ghiara is a teacher, writer, and Gandhian economist. He studied economics and yoga at Bombay University, graduating exactly 100 years after Mahatma Gandhi. He has practiced yoga all his life.

Abhay lectures on yoga and life in San Francisco, London, Bristol, Chicago, and Mumbai, India. photo: Maritstar

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