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Forming a concentrated look in asana practice

In the artistic practice of a yoga pose we aim first to draw up its picture by observing the physical shaping of the body and a related idea.

In the Triangle, for example, we notice it’s a picture of bring the body into a triangular form, and moving with the idea of extending to the side, or of entering into a growing expansive movement.

In practising we:

  • observe the picture in both its physical shaping and idea,

  • we get a subtle feeling for the picture

  • and as we practice we adjust and move the body with the picture.

Once the picture of the pose is established in a foundational outline so we begin to concentrate.

Concentration means:

  • we bring our attention more and more to the picture, by actively watching over and guiding the pose,

  • we let go of distracting thoughts and become more focused on the picture of the pose itself,

  • the body isn’t forced into a stretching position, its guided patiently and attentively into its seen and felt picture.

With time we notice how in concentration the picture of the pose is easier to find both inwardly and outwardly, for the body moves more easily and the related aesthetic movements, which we aim to express, are easy to feel.

A growing, concentrated practice of the Triangle becomes one of noticing:

  • in order to extend to the side we guide the body into 3 orderly parts - the legs are stable, the middle is active and the upper body becomes lighter and freer,

  • how extending to the side opens up an expansive space over the side of the body.

Through forming a concentrated look the artistic expression of the pose becomes more lively for both practitioner and viewer.

Concentration is a capacity, which relates to the

ajna cakra,

the soul centre in the region of the forehead.


Ajna cakra from Soul Dimension of Yoga n
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