While we might think of asana as the picture-perfect, static poses captured in so many books and magazines, asana is actually a process that begins with our intention to place our bodies in a particular position.
We can practice brahmacharya by becoming mindful of the entire process–
- from our initial intention
- through each incremental micromovement along the way to manifestation of the formal asana,
- to all the subtle movements that occur as we hold an asana,
- and to those movements that take us back to center.
Practicing in this way not only conserves and builds our vital energy, it makes for a satisfying and informative practice moment to moment.