In the second chapter of the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali outlines “the means to liberation.” The road to liberation, however, is not without hurdles or obstacles. As such, Patanjali outlines the 5 kleshas- the obstacles to liberation. The 5 kleshas include: ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion, and clinging to life.
The fifth obstacle, abhinivesha, is typically translated as “clinging to life.” But why do we cling? We cling because we fear loss. We fear the loss of control, we fear the unknown. That being said, “what’s on ur mind(WOUM)?" What are you fearful of, and how can you let that go? What happens when you let go of fear? I believe that letting go of fear creates space for endless possibly and the opportunity to “Let Yourself Be Huge," in other words, to realize your full-potential.
In class this week we will be working on letting go of fear. Or, more accurately, we will work to confront and overcome fear. For many people, incorporating inversions(such as hand stand) into practice creates a fear based response. Fear of injury, fear of the unknown, fear of failure. Inversely, fear can also arise from NOT incorporating inversions(such as hand stand) into practice. What triggers this fear response? Is it the fear of loosing “super yogi” status? The fear of not proving yourself? We will examine a wide range of inversions in practice paired with a playlist including three Cloudkicker albums. Most importantly, we will examine how to "Subsume" lessons learned during practice into our daily lives.