This is a video I made to play with simple compositing techniques to see what my software was offering. The footage started as a chance to see my daily yoga practice from the outside in order to learn from it, and hence was not lit or composed for best visual effect. It was a pretty average, not particularly inspired practice day and is in no way an example of the amazing feats of Ashtanga yoga, beautifully lit with face paint and clothes styling ( there are plenty of those videos out there) However as I was filming it proved so distracting that the footage became symbolic of the mind and it's incessant fluctuations.
"Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind" and that is why we practice... but practice it is.... some days you find your mind wanders and takes you on it's wayward journeys, you lose drishti ( physical focus- control of vision/the sense of sight ) you may momentarily forget the breath, or lose the bandhas ( internal energy locks )... or even get so caught in thought that you forget on which side you have just performed the asana.
Other days you achieve focus but the outside world tumbles in to be seen and heard, as it must. In each practice, after some breaths ,or after some minutes... or perhaps longer... sometimes not until meditation at the end of the practice... you drop into the practice AS IT IS that day and it flows, even if just for a while, without the constant commentary of mind. There is a beautiful simple clarity.
And that's why we get up every morning- with the birds- to jump around on a mat.