Where Is Your Threshold?

In Maya Yoga there are three indicators that let you know if you’ve gone beyond your threshold. The threshold is the point where there’s no more learning taking place. The best thing you can do when you've reached your threshold is come to child's pose and take a rest.

The first indicator that you need to come down and take a rest is your breath. If you can't continue to breathe through your nose, if you're gasping for air out of your mouth, or if you're holding your breath, it's time to come down and take a rest.

The second indicator is a Sanskrit term, angamejayedva. It means "the shaking of the limbs." So if you feel yourself shaking in the postures, and you can't control that shaking with either your mind or your breath, then come down and take a rest.

The third indicator is the ability to create action in the pose. If you feel defeated by the posture, or it's no longer ascending, then please come down and take a rest.

The best thing you can do when you’ve reached your threshold is come to child’s pose (Balasana) and relax until your breath has regained a smooth quality and you feel ready to try more work. Use these indicators to help you tune into your body and practice yoga safely at home. Remember, always be nice to yourself!

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