How does a yoga practice advance? Had the chance to explore the question during Annie Carpenter's Sadhana training at Yoga Tree Potrero recently. One route we discussed was choosing an approach that leads to stillness.
As yoga postures grow familiar with repetition, I notice that discoveries within them become increasingly detailed, subtle and exciting. Sometimes my experience in the pose changes dramatically. Years ago, I could will my body into an approximate shape of Supta Virasana but would strain my knees and lower back to get there. Eventually I accepted help and propped my way into a less intense version that I could sustain while doing the work I needed. Steadily building strength to hold my middle together, I returned to lying down without strain. Now, with awareness of the orientation and activity of my feet and shins, I feel complete support and a welcome stretch that makes me want to stay awhile and see what unfolds.