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Teaching Points, Readings & Theme Plan: Sthira Sukham Asanam / Right Effort

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Lesson Overview

In this lesson, we explore “sthira” and “sukha” or balancing effort and ease.

Objective

Be prepared to teach the philosophy and practice of balancing effort and ease.

Description

Explain how students can learn to honor their current state. Translate “sthira” and “sukha” and explain why students might find the teaching of “effort and ease” difficult to comprehend. Give examples of teaching points that may guide students toward practicing with effort and ease and rather than focusing on a result, what students can focus on instead. Explain how students can avoid “being mechanical” in practice and give examples of teaching points that may help students release struggle.

Questions Answered Here

  1. How can students learn to honor their current state?
  2. What are some ways that “sthira” and “sukha” are translated?
  3. How might students find the teaching of “effort and ease” difficult to comprehend?
  4. Give examples of teaching points that may guide students toward practicing with effort and ease.
  5. Rather than focusing on a result, what can students focus on instead?
  6. How can one avoid “being mechanical” in practice?
  7. Give examples of teaching points that may help students release struggle.

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