In yoga binding deepens the pose. It helps to provide more opening, and you know what? It just feels so darn good! It allows for balance between struggle and ease. When your fingers just barely touch you are still actively reaching for the connection and then when it happens, the pose shifts. It shifts into a place that is somewhat restful and somewhat opening. A place to breathe.
Off the mat a binding can hold the pages of a book together, it can fasten something tightly and it is also used to describe unity between people. Or how about what happens when we are IN A BIND? I love this word. I have been thinking about it all day. In a bind what do we do? Most often we call someone who is bound to us.
Like the day I high centered my truck! No joke. I really am a good driver, I swear! It was just a fluke! My family went skiing and I set off to do some yoga on a rock. First I called my sisters. They were far away and could only give advice, like sticking rocks or sticks under your tires and the like. TO NO AVAIL. So what do I do? I call a close friend. Someone that I am bound to. He was there in a jiffy and successfully had me out of my bind in minutes.
So for just a. second, consider this; who or what are you bound to? Are those things or people deepening your life experience? Are those things or people helping you live an open life? Glory in those bindings that do. Find gratitude for those we call when we are in a bind. For the things we practice in our life that bind us to good, to being aware of love and acceptance. Consciously bind yourself to good and in turn you embody good. Isn't it interesting that in yoga binding can help us find proper alignment, and in life, who and what we bind to can help us in our alignment in life? Here's to binding!