Yoga means “to yoke, to join, to connect.” What are we connecting to? Often, we are connecting to our body, our awareness, the heart, and ultimately, to this moment. Yoga is the relationship.
Sonata is a Latin word which literally means “sounded.” I chose this word to reflect the experience of yoga because I found the practice of asana to feel much like music. For example, when we listen to a composition, we are hearing the relationship of pieces– the musicians who playfully listen and harmonize, their instruments, and the quality of expression. Interestingly, we receive music as a formless art, which is how I personally experience the asana practice.
Time and time again, I come back to the basics. The “victorious breath” (ujjayi pranayama), is the most important aspect of the physical yoga practice. It is the thread which strings together our experiences—like the strand of a mala.
What is it that allows us to listen to the intimacy of the mind-body’s orchestral communication? How do we tune-in to this precious embodiment? This delicate yet magnificent investigation of the mind-body begins now. May our practice benefit all beings.