"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over " Kurt Vonnegut
In Yin Class tonight we explored the hips and I used this quote to support the wisdom of finding our personal edge in a practice and that is certainly something you find when sitting with the discomfort of strong hip openers that Yin offers as an experience.
But what is our edge and what is this part of the practice that we are looking at? The edge could be our physical limits where we are pushing our body to extremes or perhaps a deeper emotional edge where we don’t want to go that far into the movement.
What I was wondering when I came home is, “What is this edge and what would happen if we went over it?”. There is a sense that as we teeter into facing the abyss perhaps the letting go would allow us to find freedom or release. In a physical sense this push beyond our limitations may not be a wise move, causing pain or even injury however do we have an emotional or psychological edge that we dare not cross?
Is there something that holds us back from feeling a more direct encompassing and freeing experience of existence.It may not be the body but the mind that holds us to the edge looking at the view and wondering.
The Yoga Social Team