Strength is something that has always been challenging for me and I work on it every time I practice.
One of the things that I love about the Ashtanga Yoga method is that it constantly challenges me to be stronger and to find strength where I am naturally weak. Whenever I reach a plateau there is always a new posture or a way to look at an existing posture to bring greater awareness to strength.
Traditional yoga philosophy defines the practice of asana as a balance between strength and peace or between steadiness and comfort. Whenever you work on strength it is important to balance all efforts towards developing strength and steadiness with grace and ease.
Focusing on core strength rather just upper body strength is a way to integrate the physical body with the subtle body and find that perfect balance in asana practice.
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Ed: Sara Crolick