These fundamentals originated from the great teaching of Sri T. Krishnamacharya
manifesting in a truly splendid expression through B.K.S Iyengar.
Iyengar in his 75th birthday teachings mentioned fundamentals
that stem from Tadasana (the Mountain Pose) and hinted at the ability to attain
ultimate states in the Yoga poses. These were states of samadhi. In the practice
of Yoga this is an experience where the practitioner becomes merged and absorbed
in the essence of life.
Let us begin with the basics and then later approach the subject of illumination.
"One thousand things that apply to Tadasana apply to every other pose."
Tadasana shown above has many basic points that can be referenced in other yoga poses. These
points originate from the toes and feet all the way to the top of the head.
Begin At the Surface Of The Feet
The foundation of a tree is its roots therefore bring awareness to the feet
first in this yoga pose. The same force should be present in both feet. Pelvic
adjustments must be made to achieve this. Evenly distribute the weight over
the feet. Always try to get more of the surface area of both feet and toes
to touch the floor. The toes should be used to stabilize the body from forward
motions. Sometimes the weight can fall on the outside or inside of the feet.
Try to have the weight centered.
Breathing and the element of air cause the body and its earth to shift. The
center of balance is shifted depending on how well we breathe. Master breathing
and its effects so that the body remains in alignment.