In yoga, stability is achieved by working toward alignment based on the level of our (st)-ability and state of being. We use our feet, our legs or our sitting bones, depending on the asana we are working on, to ground ourselves into the pose, pushing into the yoga mat. That movement usually generates an energy rising upwards lifting our body a little further into the pose and opening the area that is being addressed at that particular time.
Another tool we use to work toward stability is our core. We engage it by pulling the naval toward the spine, and/or by imagining the pubic bone and the tailbone pulling toward each other all the while we lengthen our spine, relaxing, widening as many parts of our body as needed. However full stability is never reached it seems to me. It’s a work in progress.
One of my favorite instructors always stressed the following: “Each side of your body practicing, each time, feels different, today, and tomorrow it will feel different again. Nothing will ever feel the same.”
As a result the stability of our pose is never the same either. Every day it is new, stronger, weaker, depending on so many factors. In my practice I learned to accept and to even love that fact very early on. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be practicing yoga anymore as a result of my frustration about the ever-changing nature of it all. The ever-changing nature of stability.
I feel the same is true in day to day life. Stability appears to almost be an illusion to me, something many of us seem to crave, though it is rarely truly reached or kept for very long. Life changes constantly, our tools change, our abilities, even our interest in working towards a certain goal or stability of a situation varies from day to day, from moment to moment.
Stability is an ever shifting phenomena. Accepting its nature is an art we can and must master so we can look beyond and see the big picture.
photo by Romy Eichner