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yoga is a beautiful practice, and yet it seems that this beauty is easy to overlook.

yoga has become heavy, both with serious physical endeavour and intellectual theories. much of this is well intentioned, painstakingly researched and true but “truth by itself is not enough: it is too sharp, too harsh, too blunt and must be adorned and imbibed by beauty.” Satish Kumar

so i feel grateful that in her book ‘Awakening the Spine’, Vanda Scaravelli focusses positively on the beauty of yoga.

“beauty is the absence of a definite determined action. it is the freedom from enslavement to an already formed ideal…beauty also allows us the pleasure of discovery and the luxury of losing.”

if we release ourselves from the idea of having to ‘do’ yoga in a certain way, to reach a certain goal or shape – the true beauty of the practice – which has an exquisite quality – begins to reveal itself.

beauty in yoga arises when we allow ourselves to practise with all our attention. it arises delicately with the physical freedom which comes from releasing the body from the prison of conformity. it arises as we foster joy in our interconnection with the world around us.

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty – that is all/Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” John Keats