“your body dedicated to anticipation, and to going on, as if the way ahead had already been made for your feet, as if there could have been a hand on your back, all along, a parallel that was not a parallel, some internal invisible way you had to walk; and always with you, a listening in: an echo in the dark to take along the lighted road.”
In practice there was marvelous learning happening so when the time came to end the backbends (due to a lesson scheduled) there were questions yet unanswered in Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana. For a long time (years), I couldn’t understand why my teacher seemed frustrated with some of the questions that I used to ask him. Now I see that our transformative work as seekers of yoga is to diligently clear our perception through practice so we can see reality for ourselves. Then, questions become our wonderful paths to explore and pursue in practice. I am so excited to practice Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana again to search for answers and if fortunate, discover new questions to seek. Gratitude to my teacher, Manouso Manos, for his teaching.
“But the palace of knowledge is different from the palace of discovery, in which I am, truly, a Copernicus. The world is not what I thought, but different, and more! I have seen it with my own eyes!” —Mary Oliver
“:. “Look, and look again.
This world is not just a little thrill for the eyes.
It’s more than bones.
It’s more than the delicate wrist with its personal pulse.
It’s more than the beating of the single heart.
It’s giving until the giving feels like receiving.
You have a life—just imagine that!
You have this day, and maybe another, and maybe still another. “..
.—Mary Oliver (excerpt from To Begin With, The Sweet Grass)
More Explorations in Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana toward Tiriang Mukhottānāsana