I am very lucky to have learnt how to practice the Yoga Asanas from Mary Stewart who learnt from Vanda Scaravelli. These two women, prophetic in their field, were inspired to re-interpret, and make contemporary, the teaching they received from Iyengar, Desikachar and Krishnamacharya.
From them I have learnt that gravity is the teacher and guide when you practice.
Force and a sense of fixing or conquering the body are never helpful. They only ever succeed in distancing you from your self, your body and the environment. So when you are in class, or are setting time aside to explore allow a gentle, precise, relaxed, clear, strong and empathetically contagious sense of delighting in movement and rest; in structure and flow; to be the context for your practice. In this way you will learn to release and orient within your body as and towards the ground which under-stands you as well as to stabilise and flow out into the pleasure of space and time and the world with its relationships around you. Movement, posture, gesture and breath are friends that are always with you. If followed and listened to they reveal a way of not efforting and of discovering where the whole system is already trying to go in gravity.