SAMA: Equanimous

We see the root word SAMA quite a lot in the yoga tradition.⁣⁣⁣
In Sanskrit, Sama translates as equal or even. ⁣⁣⁣
Sama-sthiti a name for our mountain pose translates to equal standing⁣⁣⁣
Sama-Vritti, equal breathing, is perhaps the most widely used (without people knowing the name) breathing technique.⁣⁣⁣
And then there's the big one,⁣⁣⁣
SAMA-DHI Equanimous intelligence or even consciousness. ⁣⁣⁣
So much of the concept of SAMA cannot fully be expressed in words in an internet post caption. ⁣⁣⁣
Yet I ask you to consider how your practice might be influenced were we to express the objective of asana as the cultivation of SAMATVA even attention or awareness.⁣⁣⁣
Would you practice the same pose?⁣⁣⁣
Would you practice at the same pace?⁣⁣⁣
How often would you have to show up? ⁣⁣⁣
We humans are quite easily distracted by the obvious. Obvious sensation, feelings, thoughts, etc. ⁣⁣⁣
So too in our physical practice our attention is drawn to the obvious end of the pose. The front thigh in Warrior 2, the back hip in a low lunge thus a greater magnitude of our energy gets pulled to the obvious end.⁣⁣⁣
What if we could use the process of showing up over and over again to become more skillful at diffusing our energy through the entire pose?⁣⁣⁣
To notice the backend as much as the front end. ⁣⁣⁣
To be intimately aware of the sensation of the body breathing or register fully the soft beat of the heart.⁣⁣⁣
It's not really about finding balance, to make the right side match the left side or the sensation to be the same. ⁣⁣⁣
Think of it more as spreading butter on toast and getting every little crack and crevice. ⁣⁣⁣
To spread the energy of your attention evenly from the sole of your feet to the crown of your head no matter the positioning of our body.⁣⁣⁣
What would that mean for our practice?⁣⁣⁣
Yoga is many things and you can show up for a vast many reasons. Yet it bears repeating that so much of this practice is centered in self-inquiry and exploration. ⁣⁣⁣
To move from the obvious to the subtle. ⁣⁣⁣
To mine the depths of our inner landscape for whatever hidden jewels of insight we might find.⁣⁣⁣

Melissa McLaughlin