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Advantages of 'harder' asanas vs 'easier' ones.?

saturdaysun2010-07-04 15:29:33 +0000 #1
The level I'm at now is only really the simpler asanas, I see pictures of some of the more advanced looking ones and I think "my body will not do that".

So, what are the advantages of the harder postures.? say for example the dance posture where I see some people can get their rear leg almost vertical, whereas my own will only go waist high.
Pandara2010-07-04 15:38:19 +0000 #2
Namaste Saturdaysun,

There isn't such a thing as harder or easier asanas. This is a division/differentiation we as humans like to make in our minds in order to show others/ourselves (read ego) that we are better etc, in principal it boils down to ego. My own pov is that there is only appropriate asanas for where you are. Together with this appropriateness runs awareness. And here I would like to quote David Coulter from his book Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: "Practicing with total attention within the body is advanced yoga, no matter how easy the posture; practicing with your attention scattered is the practice of a beginner, no matter how difficult the posture."

I also feel that the level of difficulty of an asana is a highly personal thing, what is hard for me may be easy for you.

Now to answer you questions: Your body will eventually get to the point where it will be able to do some of the asanas which you think now your body will not be able to do that. There is however a secret to this: discipline, persistence, patience and awareness.

The advantages of all asanas are exactly the same and that is in my humble opinion to bring you to the point of greater awareness and to take your attention from without to within. That is the simple truth of yoga and in this process we are transformed, without as well as within, no mater what asanas you use, they all assist you to reach the same goal.

Enjoy the journey and focus your attention without lapse, in that process you train the mind and bring the ego under control.

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