Yoga is about balance.
Balance in our lives and in our bodies; promoting balance in our lives through a balanced body & mind, finding balance and holding it, yin and yang, fire and water, earth and sky, life and death, male and female, complementary poses. I sometimes have difficulty with balance – physical, emotional and psychological, and in balancing the various pieces of my life. It is a struggle I am happy to contend with, though, because that struggle is life. That is the “journey” that I talk about when I say, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” It is in the effort of finding that balance that I find my center, my calm, my equilibrium. As Yoga Journal notes in an article on balance:
When we balance, we align our body’s center of gravity with the earth’s gravitational field. Quite literally, we place ourselves in physical equilibrium with a fundamental force of nature. But we can’t achieve this harmony by remaining absolutely still. Instead, we must refresh our balance moment after moment. The sustained effort to center and recenter, when successful, brings not only our flesh and bones into balance but also our nerve impulses, thoughts, emotions, and very consciousness. Hence, we feel calm. Equilibrium brings equanimity.
During yoga practice I strive to find poses that promote that balance, both with poses such as Tree Pose and by choosing poses that complement each other and thus bring balance to my practice that I can take with me throughout the day or week.
As I have mentioned, I think there are a lot of cross benefits & correlations between between yoga and bondage, and bondage-yoga, or “Assisted Yoga,” as I call it. One added benefit that is particular to me is that it is one way I get to play with “pretty” bondage.
W doesn’t usually tie me up for the sake of being pretty, though sometimes I do end up that way. Notice I said “I end up that way,” not “the rope does.” Because the bottom line for W is always this: It’s not about the rope, it’s about the girl. He is not a “rigger” (a term he doesn’t like or identify with) and I am not a model (although I do identify with the term rope bunny or rope bottom.) We are lovers who engage in kinky sex and play kinky games, and rope is just one of the things that he uses to enhance that experience. So when I originally saw Beck’s “All Tied Up” contest over on her Sultry Saturday meme, and suggested a tie that was just that: rope for the sake of rope, his reply was, “That’s not what we do, Jade. I don’t tie you up just to make a pretty picture. I use rope as a tool for play. I don’t decorate with it.”
Which made perfect sense…and is mostly true…
Except for my Assisted Yoga series. Those are about beauty, and form. (You can see Which is exactly what I said to him. And, after a bit of discussion, he agreed as well.
So, for your enjoyment (and definitely ours!) here are two lovely Assisted Yoga poses that complement each other and promote a sense of balance.
The first is our version of Locust:
And the second is our version of Bridge:
Assisted Yoga, Captured Locust
Assisted Yoga, Flying Bridge
Yes, rope can be beautiful and functional.