Sometimes I like to figure out a theme for a class and work it into the practice. In this I am not so unique. I think one has to be careful not to run it into the ground, though.
Anyway, tonight I’m going to introduce a lot of easy balance poses in my Basic class. We’ll set up near the walls so balance concerns can be modified or even taken out of the equation.
Now I’ve heard teachers use the analogy of balancing in asana and so becoming balanced in your life. But then I’m thinking, well maybe it’s an analogy but not a correlation. Because I’m sure there are people who can perform incredible feats of balance, who are really out of kilter and fucked up in their life.
To paraphrase Max Strom, what is the purpose of doing fabulous asana if you’re acting nasty toward people? And there are people like this.
Now it’s possible that if you really think about balance while you’re balancing, you might have an epiphany. Also, you’ll gain self-confidence, and maybe greater health, so perhaps you will be less unbalanced in your life. But basically it’s just a nice metaphor, and that’s as far as it goes. So I think this is what I’ll talk about tonight.