Ive struggled to find balance between stability and freedom in my life for many years. Im a wildly free spirit in constant search of adventure and new experience. The thought of staying put anywhere freaked me out. When I have too much stability (which is rare) like routine/structure/monotony, I get antsy, feel incredibly stuck, idle, and lack enthusiasm. I struggle to feel content or satisfied. When I am too free (which is the norm for me) I can feel scattered, unsure, and all over the place. I struggle to feel a sense of purpose or direction.
I understand the need for balance between "stability and freedom" in the context of yoga-Establishing a strong aligned foundation to allow us to move safely into expansion to find freedom in expression, creating balance between the opposing energies.
Take #handstand for example. Too much freedom and we flail, shake, fall out. Too much stability and we are too rigid, hold breath. When we find stability matched with equal quality and quantity of freedom...tada! We find balance! We have the right amount of stability and strength to hold the pose, swaying subtly with the shift of weight, and we can keep breathing, maintaing balance, finding freedom in our fullest expression. The more we practice, the more easily we can find that balance and return to it over and over again.
However I did understand the need for balance with "stability and freedom" in the context of my life until recently. A heightened awareness led me to slowly realize how that imbalance was holding me back from thriving and finding my idea of success (not material conformed success). The #effectivehandstands challenge guided me daily through the lesson of 'stability before freedom' on the mat, and inspired me to take it with me off the mat and into my life. Letting go of my aversion to routine and my obsession for freedom. I have a long way to go- with my handstand too- but Im stoked. Practice and all is coming! Thanks @kinoyoga @beachyogagirl @omstarsofficial 🙏✨🙌💚