Tri-guṇa can be described as the three qualities of nature which play a central role in achieving inner balance in yoga, including one's asana practice. These three qualities are known as sattva (lightness), tamas (darkness/dullness) and rajas (fire [read]: the transition between these two states). Indeed these qualities play a major role in the world of sports medicine as well, because it has been well documented that the body requires a certain amount of movement and effort in order to achieve full relaxation afterwards.
In this video we connect traditional yoga with knowledge from the area of sports medicine to explore ways to integrate all three qualities in your yoga practice. The resulting practice is a challenging one, but balanced enough to appreciate and benefit from all three guṇa.
Guṇa are qualities of nature. As a matter of fact, you can observe these everywhere you are: tamas - dark, lethargic, static; rajas - active and passionate and sattvas - lightness, bright, pure and balanced.
Our yoga practice can help us to recognize these different states of mind and body. It helps to make us better observers in that we can recognize these qualities not as what defines us, but rather as the state you find yourself in in a given moment. Eventually we can learn to separate these transient qualities from our pure essence.
Guṇa can also be translated as thread or string. It means furthermore that the entire universe is interwoven in these three states. Just as in any piece of weaving, one piece of thread will be above and another below and they interchange their place down the line. In this way we can also observe how one quality or another may be more dominant at one time than at another.
Minute 0: Welcome and introduction to the 3 Guna
Minute 3:15: Begin first exercise - the jumping star
Minute 5:57: Opening mantra
Minute 6:50: Surya Namaskara A & B
Minute 11:53: Half sommersault with jump
Minute 13:21: Padangushthasana
Minute 15:09: Scissor lunges
Minute 16:23: Trikonasana
Minute 19:16: Plank variations
Minute 21:14: Seated positions
Minute 25:13: Pushup variations
Minute 27:33: Purvottanasana
Minute 28:44: Side-kick with hip rotation and stretch
Minute 30:28: Bridge and Urdhva Dhanurasana
Minute 33:00: Constructive rest - optional with bolster - restorative exercises
Minute 53:55: Closing mantra
Minute 54:45: Savasana
Why we recommend this video
With this video you can explore yoga in a slightly different way. There are fitness elements and calming restorative elements that will widen the spectrum of what your body experiences during a typical asana practice and introduce you to a whole new experience of what your body can do. The ultimate question is: What are your body and mind telling you as you practice?
Many thanks to OGNX for the apparel (teacher and student).