Tata dvandva anabhighataha
Thus the dilemma of opposites is understood and disappears.
The pairing of opposites is latent within a yoga practice and must be present in one’s daily efforts – in order to join the physical practice with the mental one. Patanjali uses the word „dvandvah“ (Sutra 2.48) which is translated as „duality“ to describe these opposites. There are three yoga sutras about asana – and this is the last of the three suggesting that when the yogi has perfected asana (effortless effort and benevolent steadiness) then he or she is „undisturbed by dualities“. Iyengar, „Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali“. The „dualities“ can be anything like hot or cold; joy or sorrow; pain or pleasure…they can also be upwards and downwards, forwards and backwards, and directional – think of the inner vayus that fill the inner body like wind in all directions. An image like a billowing tree in a picturesque Meadow helped me realize that for every arm balance that needs a ton of effort to move upwards to hold, there needs to be a downward force like no other to vacuum (pull up) the energy being pushed down. We can take this metaphor all the way though and use it to train our minds. Really the same effort we use to hold on to something that we attach ourselves to is required in order to let it go. For each effort in one direction, the same or more is required to get yourself out of it.
This is true asana. When there is balance, focus and peace between opposites. There is no tensions, pain, suffering or distraction.
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