September 6, 2013: Strength In Letting Go -- Forward Bends
Strength has at least two aspects, as most things do in our wonderful world of the play of opposites: active and supportive. That is, in its active aspect strength can be described as power—the ability to do and the doing itself. In its supportive aspect, strength is more closely aligned with ‘poise’ and ‘stability’—the ability to not do (or ‘be’) when one would otherwise tend to act. It is the latter aspect that forward bends aim to develop, whether standing, sitting, inverted or reclining. What is probably not easily appreciated is that developing this kind of strength indirectly improves power as well.