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Newsletter - Spring 2021

By Kelly McLean

TUE MAR 30, 2021

Hello Simply Move Community,

I am super excited about the launch of my new website and all the virtual offerings I will be able to bring to you now and in the future. Please take a look around the site. Let me know your thoughts, ease of use, and if there is anything else you would like to see. If you have any questions about the website, feel free to email me.

I am also excited to announce the next 8 Week Yoga Course - Spring Term. The 8 Week Yoga Course - Winter Term was a huge success and I greatly appreciate everyone who joined and offered feedback.

Registration is now open for the 8 Week Yoga Course - Spring Term and classes begin in April right after spring break. The schedule is listed below, I also added a new day and time to the schedule. The focus for this course will be on finding balance between flexibility and strength. Yoga philosophy teaches us to find strength (Sthira) and ease (Sukha) on and off the mat. Students will explore ways to find more steadiness, strength, ease, and flexibility in many different yoga poses.

Recommended props: a yoga mat, blankets and 2 blocks. No experience necessary.

Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm

Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 pm (*new time slot)

Thursdays 4:00-6:00 pm

More on Sthira and Sukha:

Sthira is a Sanskrit word which translates as “steadiness” or “strength.” It comes from the root word, stha, which means “to stand” or “to be firm.” Its meaning may also suggest resolution, courage, and firmness.

Sthira is well-known in yoga from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Patanjali is considered the greatest yoga master of all time). He states, “sthira sukham asanam,” which means "a steady, comfortable posture." This is not only applied to yoga postures, but can be taken as a philosophy to live by. Cultivating steadiness and ease as one moves through life can allow one to realize their spiritual intentions as well as lead a fulfilling life.

To develop sthira in a posture means to have the ability to hold the body in a posture with strength and steadiness for an extended period of time. This skill can be developed through the whole body with regular practice of yoga, strengthening the muscles so that they can be engaged without tension. It also means the breath is even, smooth and rhythmic, so the posture can be held without strain.

Sukha is a Sanskrit word which translates as “happiness,” “ease” or “bliss.” It comes from the root words, su (good) and kha (space). Its meaning may also be referred to as “good space.”

In terms of a yoga practice, it is stated in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, that an asana (yoga posture) should be both sthira (stable) and sukha (comfortable). In other words, it is important that there exists an equal balance of striving to achieve and maintaining a pose as there is in the enjoyment and ease of holding the pose. If there is too much striving, then finding a sense of inner peace becomes difficult. Likewise, if there is too much ease, a pose may become passive and awareness drifts.

How can we cultivate sthira and sukha in our daily lives?

  • Eating a healthy variety of foods throughout the day.
  • Practicing patience, steadiness, and equanimity in interactions with others.
  • Promote patience within one's self.
  • Express daily gratitude.
Sources:
https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/6265/sthira
https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5597/sukha

Did you know I also post information related to the courses being offered each week on Facebook and Instagram? Head over and search @simplymoveyoga to follow.

See you on the mat,

Kelly

Simply Move LLC.

www.simplymoveyoga.org