2:46 Sthira Sukham Asanam
The posture is steady and ease-filled
Chanting this mantra together in a class tunes us into the vibrational frequency of the sutra - the teaching is directly transmitted to our heart. Now a yoga class can venture into varying degrees of intensity and our challenge is often to relax once we've put forth major effort. Here comes sthira - stillness, steadiness, stable. Along with sukham - ease, comfort, in a good space.
While the seated meditative posture is essential to have these qualities, what about all the other postures? In each pose, with varying degrees of challenge according to each individual, a continual self-effort will lead one out of places of pain and limitation, to a sense of profound ease and expansiveness - a good space. When the mind becomes perfectly still in the pose, sthira and sukham is the effect of the present moment. Think of the controlled motion moving into dancer's pose, and then the light & grace that establishes you in the center of that asana. The effort, and possibly previous strain, leads to a sense of balance and ease, a realized connection of spirit that makes the body feel light and free. Now let's take that sense of ease into whatever activity we're doing!
In the next post we'll look at at Pada 2, Sutra 47, where effort meets infinity.