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.