For most of this past year my yoga Asana practice has been on hiatus due to a very challenging pregnancy and traumatic labor that led to an emergency c-section. All things considered, I am healing well and am now slowly returning to a yoga asana practice as part of my healing process.
Now begins the study/practice of yoga. – Yoga Sutra 1.1
As I begin, I remind myself of ahimsa. Ahimsa is the first Yama of the first limb of yoga, and it is an important foundation to all the other yoga practices as well as for life. Ahimsa translates as non-violence (it can also be translated as Love), and being gentle and loving to my physical form is important and necessary for recovery. About 15-20 minutes of Asana and Pranayama is my limit, yet I can already feel how not only my body, but my energy, my mind, and my emotions are coming back into balance, helping me to process all the thoughts, worries, and feelings of my childbirth experience.
Yoga is the practice of bringing stillness to the fluctuations of the mind. – Yoga Sutra 1.2
More importantly, however, my return to a yoga asana practice has helped me to center myself back into my own Self.
Then the Seer/Self abides in his own nature. – Yoga Sutra 1.3