Posted by: eveyoga | January 16, 2011

Tabla Rasa

A new post is like a blank Word document or a fresh sheet of paper – tabla rasa – exciting for its very spaciousness. With any luck, there will be a happy co-incidence of interesting ideas and great writing technique so the page is filled with something of value.

At times though, the writer’s ideas will soar like the eagle overhead, mysterious but sadly inaccessible. Or, one’s technique may be as uninspired as a flat sea for the windsurfer.

The way through, I’ve learned, is plunging ahead and with any luck, I’ll be able to outrun the Inner Critic, silence the Yama-yama, and put some stuff down that is of interest to us both. Not necessarily perfect, but the best of the moment.

This, by the way, is a very good approach to doing yoga as it is a practice of taking action without resistance. Of striking a pose and being, as B.K.S. Iyengar likes to say, “in repose”.

From time to time, you may have trouble silencing the babble of the Inner Critic. When this happens, take a break and try this pose, sometimes called chair savasana: Lie down on your back in front of a chair. Place your lower legs on the chair, a cushion under your head, and cover your eyes with a soft cloth of eye pillow. Stay 10 minutes. (The position also helps with low back ache.)

John in Chair Savasana

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