Archive for November, 2013

The Art of Observation

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

A student recently snapped this shot of a class observing Eileen doing a pranayama demonstration. The practice we do at Karuna is a mindfulness practice of seeing, hearing, feeling, and doing. Doing from a place of being. As an aspect of the Iyengar practice students learn the art of observation; we observe actions in each others bodies and try to translate these actions into our own bodies. One may wonder how it is possible to observe the breath. This photograph is a great example of the subtle awareness one begins to gain through the yoga practice. Watching pranayama is another aspect of meditation on the breath. Here each student is able to witness the movement of the breath through the body and become more familiar with the sound of the different methods of breathing as well as the quality of softness in the muscles and skin. Observation throughout the class not only illustrates the physical qualities in each posture and method, it also becomes a practice in quieting the mind and turning one’s attention to dharana: fixing the consciousness on one point.