Sthira sukham asanam (Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, 2.46). This sutra reminds us that our poses should represent a receptive strength, putting forth a steady effort, yet creating enough space to be receptive. That last part has become very important for me lately. I go through cycles of including more and more restorative yoga and meditation in my practice, the aim of which is conscious relaxation and mindfulness when the strength part of the equation has started to take more than its fair share.
Yoga asana practice, doing the physical poses, makes you feel pretty good afterward, doesn’t it? Now, there are all sorts of factors at play in this phenomenon, but I want to present to you here one of the simplest, yet most powerful aspects, as explained by Amy Cuddy in her TED Talk on how your body language shapes who you are. This is one of my all-time favorites, because it offers up a giant nugget of gold that we all have just sitting in our laps.