YAMAS AND NIYAMAS – 11.11.14 (APARIGRAHA – Hanging in Mid-Air)

Yoga allows us to walk on a tight rope … so to speak.  Half moon, standing splits, tree and other such poses allow us to figuratively walk on that tight rope.  Hanging in mid-air.  The moment before we find ourselves floating, defying gravity, we have to let go.  Let go of the foundation we have on our mat.  Trust the physical body.

The beauty of Yoga is that it allows us to take our analogies to both the exterior and the interior.  The physical benefits we receive from balancing postures find improved coordination, increased strength and stability.  Balance poses provide emotional benefits like relieving stress, reducing tension and fatigue. They also help to improve focus, concentration and memory.  I bring up all of these benefits because we have to trust that they are waiting for us.  Balancing postures can be intimidating and move us from our comfort zone.  However, the benefits of letting go and attempting are so amazing.

Aparigraha gives us the opportunity to let go and find something in the present moment.  Reach and we may miss.  Grip too tightly and we may find ourselves stuck in the past.  Have the trust that the moment provides so much for our bodies and our minds.  Soak up the joys of a healthy body and soak up the calm of a healthy mind.  Fly with freedom just like a trapeze artist and live the life you imagined.

Hanging in Mid-Air

Much like the moment when the breath is completely exhaled, the trapeze artist has a moment when they are suspended in mid-air.  My understanding is that they have to let go of one bar and wait in mid-air for the next swinging bar to reach them.  If they hold on to the current bar, or reach for the next bar, their timing will be off and they will fall.  Instead, they must let go fully to be ready for the bar swinging towards them, trusting the timing of the swing and not their own effort to reach.

I’m not a trapeze artist, but my experience of letting go feels very much like being suspended in mid-air with nothing to hold on to.  It is raw, naked, vulnerable, and uncomfortable.

The practice of nonclinging is as free as swinging from bar to bar effortlessly, in perfect trust and perfect timing.  Any kind of holding too long or grasping too far forward in an effort to maintain a sense of security is deadly to our spiritual growth and the natural unfolding of our lives.

Book – “The Yamas and Niyamas” by Deborah Adele

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