“When an asana is done correctly, the body movements are smooth, there is lightness in the body, and freedom in the mind.” B.K.S. Iyengar
A yoga posture is to be stable, steady and firm, yet also relaxed, comfortable, and delightful!!
To be stable, a movement needs both balance and strength. All the muscles in our bodies work in pairs to give an equal support to our joints, spine, and inner organs in response to gravity. For example, it’s important to have an equal strength between the muscles in the lower back and the abdomen to give a balanced support to the lumbar spine. A sway back is a common example of an imbalance, where the back muscles are tight and the abdominal muscles are weak. In a collapsed chest, the frontal chest muscles are tight and the upper back weak. This imbalance leads to a compression that causes a continual wear and tear on the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves and with time, strain, pain and no delight.