YOMO Week 4 Philosophy: “In Victory & Defeat”
“Be alike in victory and defeat.” – From, The Bhagavad Gita
I can’t tell you how many times a student has told me that they cry during Inversions! So many people have commented at how poses like headstands and handstands bring out heavy emotions.
If you’ve ever done an Inversion, then you know what I’m talking about. You feel a range of emotions from excitement to terror to sheer anxiousness. You may be determined to conquer the poses or hell bent on avoiding them entirely.
Detachment is a big theme in this season’s YOMO, and Inversions are the perfect place to bring detachment into your practice.
Those emotions you may be feeling aren’t invested in the outcome of your work. So when you practice headstands and you don’t feel like it went well, then you don’t let it get to you. Okay, okay, maybe you do! But detachment means that you don’t let that negative outcome deter you from practice.
Using your asana practice to explore detachment means that doing the work is more important than the outcome.
Of course you want a good outcome! Of course you are always trying to be stronger and more flexible. But in one pose of one class you fall short of your goal, then it doesn’t make or break your entire practice.
In headstands if you let those emotions control you, then you lose your ability to focus on the posture, and you completely fall apart.
Instead if your focus is on doing the work, then you are more able to remain sturdy and stable.
Yoga teaches you how to remain even-keeled in pain and pleasure, victory and defeat, praise and correction.
Do not be intimidated by the heavy odds of an aging body, or the changes in your concentration from day to day. When you practice with detachment, then it is not the outcome that matters. What matters is how you show up in your work.
In the end, you may fall or you might stay upright. You win or you learn. And if you are lucky, tomorrow you can work again.
With love in all things,