I hear there are other ways to say it these days, but steady once meant committed, longterm. In Sanskrit the word for steady is sthira, one of two qualities prescribed for the practice of asana in The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali:
Yoga Sutra II.46 – sthiram sukham āsanam – The pose must be steady and easeful.
The pose doesn’t have to be big, or flashy, or advanced, it just has to be steady and easeful. Imagine or place yourself in Warrior II pose, and drop right in; legs steady and rooted, arms strong but easeful. What would it do if every pose we practiced followed this sutra? We would invite steadiness and ease into all aspects of our lives. What if our relationships could also be steady and easeful, our work steady and easeful, our family steady and easeful?
In February we want you to get rock steady with your practice! To support a daily habit, we will again host our annual 28 Day Commitment, featuring wrist bands, in-studio tracking graphs (star stickers!), and a free bring-a-friend pass. Want to join us? All you have to do is commit to practice, in some form (meditation, prayer, asana, chanting, it all counts) every day in February, be it at the studio, at home, outside, or on the road. This year’s theme, Roots of Yoga, comes from a commitment to link our modern day practices of yoga to their source teachings and teachers — both to show respect and to inspire a deeper understanding of this powerful lineage. Visit our pages on Facebook or Instagram for daily yoga history and practice info.
Lastly, our class schedules change every February, June, and October. Check out the changes effective today here, including new classes at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill and Wedgwood. For the full schedule, View pdf here or look on our site. I am excited to return to teaching after a two year break, and we welcome Liz Doyle to our staff.
Have an amazing February, see you on that mat!
Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, 8 Limbs Founder and Studio Director
P.S. Thanks to Melina Meza for the new headshot, finally!