"Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy." -- Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Being in a "bind" generally has a connotation of feeling that we have no choice or have no freedom. It can be about feeling uncomfortable about a situation and feeling unable to resolve the dilemma.
"Binds" during our yoga practice can be the perfect metaphor for finding balance. Binds serve to create mobility when we’re ready to open up certain major areas of the body and can add another layer of strength through exploration.
If you are dealing with limited mobility in certain areas, it can be difficult to come into asana (poses) binds. But with practice over time, these binds can create new openings in our shoulders and hips and in our understanding of how to use binds to create more freedom.
Just like in life, there are some moments where we feel unprepared, unsafe, scared to commit, uncertain, tired, underprepared, or simply not ready. When one is able to truly listen to the body’s needs, the wrap will come effortlessly; that commitment toward opening up through limb wraps will set you free and keep you safe from the mind’s tricks to tempt you into unsafe circumstances.
Cultivating patience in a bind practice is a major facet of the teaching. You could have a hard time breathing, and getting frustrated due to the limitations in space could make you feel a little angry and impatient. In these cases, you are letting desire get in the way of your truth and ability to truly create an opening. In these scenarios, the incapability to bind reflects how the head and the thoughts are taking over. How our desire to achieve a shape is actually detaching us from the whole purpose of the practice; self-loving, safe, and freeing the mind.
When binding we are creating a map within ourselves. With our own hands and arms we are learning how to find our way through the wonderful unknown of our physical and inner world.
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