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Call upon the full range of your muscular faculties

Photo by Monica Felix @

Photo by Monica Felix @

At my yoga studio, our instructors remind us to use every part of our body to achieve the total expression of the posture.

Even the parts that are relaxed.

Just because something is disengaged doesn’t mean it’s unimportant, they say.

I’ve seen this principle play out during every class. It’s the stillness of one leg that fuels the exertion of the other. It’s the rock solid locked knee that frees up the motion of your lumbar spine. And it’s the relaxed, drama free facial expression that counteracts the inevitable mental exhaustion.

The cool part is, this is a principle anyone can apply to their lives.

Are you making use of everything you are?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.