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.