The asanas (Asana = yoga pose) in yoga are like Yin/Yang. Let me explain.
There’s always an opening and closing, an extension and retraction, inhale and exhale, lift and fold, bend and straighten. In those open poses, the purpose is twofold - we are allowing the stale energy that has found itself collected in pockets of our body, pockets of our psyche, we are allowing it - willing it - to leave, escape, seep out… creating space for the fresh, the new, the alive… creating space for love. So, Purpose #1 = Release. Purpose #2 = Invite. This whole thing requires us to be vulnerable. How many people want to crawl back into child’s pose when you are asked to open your hearts in an asana? Seriously though, that’s fine too. Yoga allows for that. Child’s pose is there, exactly for that. BUT eventually, we have to return to child’s pose less and less, and realize that opening up frees you. It is FREEing. It is LOVE. No fear lives there. There is beauty and bravery in openness. Absolutely. The more open we are, the less opportunity we have for that dark, dank energy to creep back into our pockets and find comfort there. NOWHERE TO HIDE HERE! Nope! No more hiding - love yourself enough to free yourself.
Florida, Sometime in 2016