What is a yoga posture?

A posture is an experience before it is an exercise.

Yoga differs from gymnastics or sport, however excellent they may be, in a fundamental difference of purpose: in the case of a physical discipline, what is at stake is learning, know-how, competence, skill, and speed – qualities that can be compared and calibrated, and therefore be the subject of competition.

They belong to the order of having, which in no way prevents them from participating in the construction of the human being (…).

Posture (“asana” in Sanskrit) is a different matter. It aims to achieve a state. It is a way of posing rather than acting, a way of letting go rather than wanting to do. It moves away from the standard reference points where the body, always in motion, moves towards a goal, and is instrumentalised with a view to an end.

From ‘doing’ to ‘being’, the body passes from the status of the object to that of a subject.

(extract from “L’esprit du yoga”, Ysé Tardan-Masquelier, published by Albin Michel).

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May 08 2024

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Summer Beach Yoga

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There’s still time to come and try my new yoga class at Te Puna!

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