|Yoga on the Summer Solstice (Yang Style)|
One of my favorite aspects of Iyengar yoga is its use of props. No advanced yoginis need apply- we're all about a purple block here, a strap there, bolsters and piles of blankets. We're not afraid to admit that we can't quite reach that foot and we can't quite put that hand on the floor. We're prop heavy and prop happy. And our yoga is better for it.
Last night we had a small class, so we had extra props to play with. I've never done child's pose supported by two bolsters (usually I'm pretty happy to flop on the floor after intending, and often failing, to hold down dog for a respectable length of time). The pose felt a bit strange, being supported that much and at that height. But after some mental adjustment it wasn't bad, just different.
|Eddy Does Yin|
Walking down the street today, I noticed that people passing me appear to be individuals, independently moving in directions that seem unrelated to anything other than their own intentions. But each of those individuals are supported by a range of people and propped up by ideas that define them, energize them, and direct them in the world. If we could actually see the friends surrounding each person, the family that is the connection between their feet and the earth, and the places and things that bring meaning into the way they move in the world... well, it might get so interesting that I'd have trouble getting more than a couple of blocks! But, seriously, I think it would be a beautiful way for us to see people and their true interconnections.