Yoga on the Rocks
By Glynnis Osher • October 18th, 2012 • 2831 Views
Have you ever tried doing a headstand, handstand or just stood on one leg and found it challenging to balance? Now close your eyes and try that. Wobbly? Balance is something we all strive for, and from an ayurvedic and yogic perspective it is about the understanding that balance is really a practice in present moment awareness.
Recently I was walking along the famed seawall path by Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada. A stunning vista off English Bay reminded me of the peace and awe that nature brings. I was immersed in this thought when I looked out over the beach and saw a silhouette of statuesque birds perching ever so still on the rocks. On a closer glance I realized they were stones and noticed a man intently stacking them to create these masterpieces of balance – balancing them so impossibly that the mind insisted they were glued. I walked down off the wall onto the beach and was inspired to learn how such miraculous balance could be achieved.
The Zen Master of Rock Balancing
This master of balance on the beach was John Shaver and he shared some profound thoughts on life, focus, present state awareness and yoga on the rocks.
I asked John why he chose to perfect this particular art of balancing stones and what his message was. He told me that when he was a little boy he had seen an old man doing a similar kind of thing; he was told that it was to remind people that anything is possible - something that so many seem to have forgotten. John kept trying his hand at rock balancing and could not achieve this for a long time but he never gave up. He became practiced in the art of focus and just being in the moment.
Listening to John and reflecting on his words made me think that this whole thing about striving for balance is a bit of a contradiction. We don't really strive for balance or try to control anything in the moment.
“I kind of equate it to melting into it so you're not a thing anymore you're just of the moment. If you focus on any one thing at any time and then lose attention or have knowledge that something else is there and you are distracted, then inevitably something drops on your foot,” he said.
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