There are so many goals one can strive for in primary series that it’s easy to get carried away. I’ve often found that goals like wrapping around, clasping, and eventually binding exist to sustain our focus on the posture. Understandably, there are definite limitations to these tiny intentional cues. After all, concentrating on postural form has the potential for fostering mental tension. The solution here is simply to embrace.
Goals are made to be reached for, and love is meant to be embraced
When love takes hold of my own asana practice, the border between orthodoxy and expressionism begins to dissolve. Let me show you exactly what I mean. In Marichyasana C there are multiple degrees of physical expression – yet, there is only one love. In frame one, I am reaching for a twist. In frame two, I resolve my past intention by dwelling in the embrace of the posture I create.
To illustrate two truths, I loosened my wrist bind in the final frame. Even as my sense of orthodoxy dissolves, my shoulder alignment did not shift, therefore this alteration is still an essential wrist bind, just without the wrist. Likewise, as my sense of expressionism dampens the new focus of my embrace shifts from posture to ujjayi pranayama, bandhas and dristi – the subtle elements of asana.
Do you experience a posture which teaches you to embrace the whole of yoga? If so, feel free to share your story below.