“Ease is the key word—practice ease on the mat, and recognize ease off the mat. That’s our guide, our lighthouse that directs us where we ultimately want to go, which is toward our dharma/purpose. We all want that ease of the most purposeful, effective, and fulfilling life. For me personally, practicing ease on the mat rather than forcing gave me a real sensation in my body and my mind of what that felt like, and I hadn’t experienced that a lot in my life. Before, I was like ‘go, go, go; do; achieve.’ Once I was able to practice ease and see my yoga practice advancing, I also saw that my life got better, because when an opportunity was given to me, I could notice the good and the not quite right. I could feel it in body and that gave me this superpower detection device that changed everything in my life. I’ve never been so fulfilled in my practice on or off the mat, because of learning to make my life easier.”
Practice The Law of Dharma with Hip Openers
The purpose of a hip opener like Pigeon is opening the sacrum area to elongate the spine, bring more vitality to the hip joints, and create more lubrication for the joints, Ringnalda says. When you practice Pigeon or other hip openers, apply the Law of Dharma by noticing any resistance or obstacles that push against you. Notice the difference between flowing deeply with full, easy breaths versus pushing into the pose. Notice any shallowness or choppiness in the breath, and use the breath and your ability to soften and ease into the deepest expression of the pose while it’s still very comfortable for you. You can also meditate on the mantra associated with The Law of Dharma: Om Varunam Namah, or My life is in harmony with cosmic law.