Asana is like a house protecting one from the heat of the sun. – Peg Mulqueen
That’s all asana is – a house protecting you from pain, suffering, and from contrary forces. It’s like the supporting tortoise for those who are constantly devoted to the practice of yoga. Asana is not yoga. –David Garrigues From Conference notes with DG.
I’d practiced asana (poses) five years before I began to meditate. I am grateful to asana. For me, it was a doorway to the transformative, healing, and real practice that is yoga. I reached a point where I knew there was something else to the practice other than asana, yet, I didn’t know what it was.
Once I discovered meditation, I realized we move the body through asana to prepare it for the stillness of meditation.
Though asana felt good to my physical body, it was when I began a regular sitting meditation practice that I sensed a deeper sense of harmony from within.
For me, 10-20 minutes of meditation a day created more peace, calm, and space in my mind and body than a 90 minute asana yoga practice did.
Meditation is THAT powerful.
It’s essential to the yogic practice and path.
Don’t know where to start? Here’s an article that I wrote that outlines a simple way to begin meditating now.