Being fully present to our fluctuating states of mind and the deep sensations in the core of the body provides unparalleled levels of insight into our human experience. If we are genuinely interested in working with our mental states, sitting meditation offers the ideal foil for a movement-based hatha yoga practice (e.g. Vinyasa Yoga or Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga).
As modern yoga practitioners we are often guilty of using movement to distract our attention away from the deeply dysfunctional mental states that cause us so much stress and discomfort. Although we gain some temporary relief through practice we become attached to shifting unpleasant sensations and mental states as quickly as possible, rarely staying in any experience long enough to gain any real insight.
When we give our busy minds the opportunity to settle in the present moment, without the distraction of our yoga postures, we begin to see our fluctuating mental states as they come and go develop tools to work with them on a daily basis.
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