“Between Effort and Surrender is where Strength Resides”
– Anthony Gary Lopedota
The recent passing of my father made me reflect on how I’ve been living my yoga and everyday life. Finding the balance between effort and surrender is a continuous challenge to me and I’m sure to many. When do we push and when do we accept and surrender? Your yoga practice is like life… Each circumstance in which we find ourselves is like a pose; some poses are challenging, others are easy. It is how we apply ourselves to mastering the pose that determines whether or not we will suffer or grow. With both life and yoga, we can choose to listen to the drama of the ego or the wisdom of the spirit.
Balancing Effort and Surrender on our Mats
Mastering an asana requires finding the balance between effort (sthira) and surrender or ease (sukham).