Tomorrow we will begin taking a look at Asteya, or non-stealing, but for today, let’s look at using asana, or hatha yoga, to help us discover more about Satya, or truth.
Choose a yoga posture that you dislike. Yes, I did say dislike. Come into the pose, taking note of your mind chewing on the instruction. Systematically relax all the parts of the body that do not need to be engaged in the pose you have chosen. Begin at your feet and scan the body, bottom to top, letting go into the pose. In particular, pay attention to the shoulders and the jaw. Let go.
Notice your thoughts about being in the pose. Stepping back, pay attention to the reality of the pose. Are you really uncomfortable? Or is it just your mind that is protesting? What does it feel like right this instant to be in this pose that you resist? What is the truth of this asana for you today? Is what you tell yourself about this pose really true?
Is what we tell ourselves about our experience of the world really true? Or, is it malleable?
Relax in shavasana (corpse pose) and enjoy the benefits of taking a pose you may normally not incorporate into your practice. Write down your insights into truth.