Did you read the whole article? it is head to knee forward bend. My interpretation is that the self-study can be applied when we do any pose, in this case this pose, to deepen the experience and learn more of ourselves, what we experience, how our body reacts, being mindful.
What makes a person who they are, are the choices they make. Albus Dumbledore
Our choices define us. E. Kant
If you keep believing in yourself and seek enthusiasm inside your soul, things will get simpler, more spontaneous. P. Coelho
Knowledge is like the wind, once you obtain it, you can go anywhere. Yellow Hare(Native-American Chief)
I found out this word about self-study to complement the thought:
"Within yoga, self-reflection is called svadhyaya: "study" (adhyaya) of the "self" (sva). As one of the eight limbs of Patanjali's ashtanga yoga described in the Yoga Sutra, this practice of self-study refers to both the understanding of the Self through the study of sacred texts as well as the skill of self-observation that leads to yoga or unification. In yoga practice, svadhyaya helps you observe moment-to-moment changes in your body-mind. How are you feeling in your body? Is your mind present? What subject matter draws your mind away? Applying svadhyaya to the yoga postures is one way of connecting to the truth within yourself. As we head into the new year, let's apply svadhyaya within a subtle twisting forward bend, Janu Sirsasana, to cultivate the quality of balance, introspection, and connectedness that we long for during the changing of the seasons." Yoga Journal article:
beautifully said - that is an aspect of yoga that is not always emphasized, "self-study" or svadhyaya. Through self-study we become able to understand what is truly part of 'me' and what can be allowed to drop away.
I am, very slowly, reading a book by Eknath Easwaran that is linked to my interest in yoga. This part 'jumped out' at me today:
"To use a cruel simile, these chains have become part of our feeling, thinking, and being. How is it possible to remove something that you believe is part of you, "bone of your bone, flesh of your flesh"? Compulsive desires cannot easily be cast aside by any human being, for the simple reason that we do not want to cast them aside; otherwise they would not be compulsive. And we do not want to cast them aside because they are pleasant. To let go of them we must have a greater desire, something higher to reach out for. "We require", in the words of John of the Cross, "a more ardent fire and a nobler love" - a passionate, deepening desire for Self-realization that finally makes it intolerable to hold on to anything that keeps us from the object of our desire.""
Eknath Easwaran in "Essence of the Upanishads; a Key to Indian Spirituality" p233
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