This week we explored aspects of the final Klesha. Abhinivesha describes a sense of fear- of change or uncertainty, of being judged, of things coming to an end. When our lives feel they are turning upside down, we naturally can feel fearful, and grip on to get our bearings.
So balances and inversions seemed ripe for exploring in classes this week. There may be valid and healthy reasons to avoid or limit turning ourselves upside down, so again, the important point is to ensure your behaviours and decisions are guiding you in a helpful direction.
Normally we avoid placing ourselves in situations that expose us to fear. But by doing so, we can learn to be that observer of ourselves, to better understand what is driving the response in us. Are our fears helpful or are they holding us back? Can we name what we are afraid of, what would happen if the fear was realised, what we could alter slightly to be able to move forward with a better sense of security?
Be firm yet gentle, cultivate the soft inner smile as you give forth your best efforts and let go of the outcome. We breathe, we move; we work, we rest; we let it in and then we let it go. Fear not: stay present with your practice, be inquisitive, and enjoy it!
Ruth teaches yoga in Cheltenham UK, weaving yoga philosophy into the asana practice to help students connect yoga on the mat to their lives off the mat.