I cannot pry my mind from this pose. Within ten minutes of waking up today, I wanted to be in it. With all that is going on in my life, this pose provides so much strength and guidance for me.
First, it asks for a leap of faith with a low lunge. Then it inspires me to ground one hand for stability and twist my torso, ringing out tension in my lower back and abdomen. As a burst of exploration, I instinctively extend my top hand towards the sky and follow it with my gaze.
I look up with fear and worry. I look to that hand and envision all the things in my life right now that are uncertain and scary for me. But the act of acknowledging them and calling them into the present gives me strength and courage. It is a practice that begins on the mat and will gradually carry over into every moment of my life.
Because I want to look these things straight in the eye and know that I have the grace and strength to withstand them. I have breath and power. I can even twist around to the other side and look at them from a different perspective.