unearthing the inner yogi
One of the principles of raw yoga that I would like to emphasize is the principle of Minimum Effort. I know that it seems like a contradiction to talk about a yoga practice and effortlessness in the same sentence. However that is precisely how the Ancients who conceived of the art and science of yoga describe the ideal yoga session. All actions, movements, and holds must be undertaken with the very minimum effort required.
But how is such an effortlessness to be achieved? Through a continuous focus upon the breath! Breathe deeply using Ujjayi breaths. Concentrate all your attention on rhythmically breathing in and out and soon you will be doing yoga using the principle of Minimum Effort.
My recommended yoga book is Vanda Scaravelli's Awakening The Spine. This is a beautiful book that could easily have been titled Zen in the art of yoga. Read it or simply enjoy the beautiful images of waves, trees, and yogis suspended in the air with a minimum of effort.
Peace and Love,
Abhay Ghiara is a life-long yoga practitioner who studied yoga and yoga philosophy at the Aurobindo Ashram and Bombay University. He now lives in Berkeley, California and teaches yoga to a wide range of students.