Being Bound

Warning:  this article is not sexual in nature.

The practice of Yoga imparts many parallels with the process of life.  While trying to get myself into a “pretzel,” I recognized a metaphor.  In reality, we don’t actually try to get ourselves into binds, we just do it, and then wonder how we are going to get ourselves out of them.  For example: like spending more money then we have in our bank account or quitting a job without having another one lined up. These two examples are easier getting into than getting out of.  Contrary to life, it’s more of a challenge getting into a yoga bind then to extricate yourself out of one.

The bind is never the goal of your pose or your state of affairs. The goal is learning to assess, discern, and respect where you are, and choosing to go no further then where you are capable of going in that given moment.  It’s a mental balance of learning how to “tame the ego.”  If you chose to be preemptive,  physical injury and mental anguish can be alleviated.  Getting “into a bind” has its benefits and so does getting out of one.

Physically, the twisting of the body aids in massaging your organs and digestive tract.  It also helps with flexibility.  Off the mat, being able to ask yourself questions as to what led you “into the bind” can give you insight into preventing another reoccurrence.  It helps you to see an alternative perspective.

 

DAY #3. What Was Old is Now New

5f65e376-d787-405b-b07f-4da3b82131fdAs I move through each yoga posture, I am reminded that my postures have become routine.  I have been going through the motions but the benefits have waned.

It’s my commitment to stay focused that’s given life back to my practice.

Just getting into a posture and holding it until I am instructed to move into the next posture is important, but so much more can be gained by being focused.

When I am focused on MY practice; I don’t compare myself to what other yogis and yoginis are doing, I see where my posture can use fine tuning,  I notice when I am holding my breath and creating resistance, and  I recognize at what point I can cause injury to myself.

It’s like walking into the classroom for the very first time. Everything is new and exciting.

There is so much to be gained by being present and focused.

As my friend LouAnn Thomas says, “In-joy the journey.”

If you are just now tuning in, you can go back to read my post on Dec. 31st.  (A New Resolution) explaining my challenge.