Sthira and Sukha: Access Stability and Comfort in Asana Using the Breath

Sthira and Sukha: Access Stability and Comfort in Asana Using the Breath

Judy Moulton | August 19, 2018

In Yoga Sutra 2:46, Patanjali tells us that “a stable and comfortable pose is asana,” yet many of us struggle with incorporating sthira and sukha (stability and comfort) into our yoga practice. Experiencing these qualities requires a deep understanding of, and connection to, the breath—specifically, deep, diaphragmatic yogic breathing.

When we cultivate yogic breathing, we awaken a powerful support system for the body and mind. With the help of this supportive foundation, stability and comfort naturally emerge, allowing us to expand our current capacity, reduce our sense of effort, and cultivate enhanced inner awareness.

Grab your mat for this all-levels yoga class with Judy Moulton, and discover key aspects of breath awareness and breath-aligned movement necessary to tap into your own inherent stability and comfort.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 1 hr 10 mins

Source: Livestream recorded live at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA on August 19, 2018.

About the Presenter

Judy Moulton

Judy Moulton is a Himalayan Institute certified and Yoga Alliance recognized E-RYT 500, an Ayurvedic Health Counselor registered with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), and a contributor to YogaInternational.com. Judy is also the director of the Himalayan Institute's teacher certification programs and a key facilitator within those programs. Having experienced the immense transformative power of yoga directly, she relies on her own personal practice of yoga and ayurveda to support her daily life and is dedicated to helping others to do the same. Judy's style of teaching combines breath-connected movement, classical asanas, breath training, and systematic relaxation to access a state of deep inner awareness as preparation for meditative practice.