Summer 2007

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For this summer, let’s revisit our roots.
Anusara Yoga originates with “three A’s”:
Attitude, Alignment and Action.

The first “A”, ATTITUDE, determines every endeavor.
No amount of alignment or action will offer you freedom
unless you put attention on your attitude first.

Optimally, your attitude is a state of
EASEFUL ATTENTION;
relaxed yet attentive.

[It might help to think about someone you know
who interacts with you in this manner;
authentically serene yet focused.]

To cultivate this state, first notice
[in your yoga practice or during your day],
when your brain begins to dominate.
Then you’re not really listening, you’re
thinking or already reacting.
Useful advice from a teacher of mine:
QUICK TO LISTEN, SLOW TO ANSWER.

[When you're thinking or reacting, you're less likely to breathe;
and when not breathing, you're less likely to be attentive
and more likely to be tense somewhere in your body.]

When you notice your brain taking over,
there is only one way to optimize your attitude.
Pause and sense your whole body;

LISTEN.

Taking just one moment to sense your body,
you’ll notice where your brain has taken over
[there's tension there]- and then you’ll remember to
INHABIT YOUR BODY by BREATHING FULLY.

In that pause, you reawaken yourself and
your attitude can move towards easeful attention.*

Alignment and action will follow:
You’ll consider what will serve best without judging
and act from a place of steadiness without rushing.

Here’s to the practice of easeful attention
and the freedom it affords you in any moment.

With respect and gratitude,
Elena

*This article about Mirror Neurons
describes our internally-wired propensity for mirroring
whatever’s around us. With this consistent attitude of
easeful attention, the tendency to imitate negativity weakens,
while our capacity to reflect positive energy strengthens.