Practicing Trust using Yoga

atlantis's picture

Average: 4.3 (7 votes)

There is a posture (asana) in Hatha Yoga called Eka Pada Pranamasana.

In this asana you bend one leg and place the sole of the foot on the inside of the thigh of the other leg.

It is hard to maintain balance in this posture and not to fall. It is much harder to maintain the balance when eyes are closed.

When you practice this posture with eyes closed, you realize that if your attention is drawn to the maintenance of the balancing, you will soon fall. In order not to fall when eyes are closed, you must disregard completely the issue of the balancing and move your attention inwards by concentrating on something mental or internal, preferably the breathing. Needless to say, you need to cultivatre a lot of trust in order to ignore the balancing issue at this very situation.

Then something else is taking charge of the balance and you remain aloof in the position without falling. This something can be your body's subconscious intelligence, some instinct, some energetic aiding, some nervous system dormant process - it doesn't matter - what matters is that you, the present consciousness, the controlling entity, the mind, has renounced control and trusted something that is beyond your control - something that consequently is not considered by your mind as being you.

This is a very easy and effective exercise for cultivating a trusting attitude while enjoying also from this asana's standard benefits: development of nervous balance, increased tranquility and the strengthening leg's muscles.

barbara's picture

mind control

Excellent recommendation, atlantis!

It is also a good asana for training yourself to control and empty your mind.

In the same manner you can also do it with Natarajasana pose and most other balancing asanas.

barbara | Fri, 12/26/2008 - 14:10
Phroggy's picture

Trying to control the powerless

As Atlantis suggests, it is a means of noticing the mind has no control (among other things). You see it as a means to control mind. The natural question is, who or what is doing the controlling of something that has no control, and why would such control be necessary?

Phroggy | Fri, 12/26/2008 - 18:53
kaput's picture


The mind has no control but you have.

kaput | Fri, 12/26/2008 - 22:19
Phroggy's picture


"You" being what? You mean the 'You' that's prior to even the concept of control? The You that is everything and controls nothing? The You that is prior to time/space and isn't thinking or choosing at all? That You?

Phroggy | Sat, 12/27/2008 - 01:16
kaput's picture

Subjectivity is not bipolar

You are getting entangled in the words - you cannot understand subjectivity nor order the things using words. Just be that and try it, it is enough, and then you will see that it controls and it chooses - the subject is not bipolar - something or nothing.

kaput | Sat, 12/27/2008 - 10:28
Omkaradatta's picture

Who is you?

Who's 'you'? Are you not the mind? If the thought "me" never arose, who's there?

Omkaradatta | Sat, 12/27/2008 - 03:53
madan_gautam's picture

Are you not the mind?

Neither you are mind nor body but beyond that & true search/path is to find that one.

madan_gautam | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 10:04
kalgo's picture

but to find it not with the

but to find it not with the mind.

kalgo | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 11:01
george's picture

why intermix?

Is it possible to travel to a same destination in both a ship and a plane in the same time?

george | Wed, 12/31/2008 - 12:47
Surya Kumar Mishra's picture

multi processing or say to start with bi-processing

some one dynamic can think in this area

nothing is impossible !!!!

Om tat sat !!!

Surya Kumar Mishra | Sun, 05/08/2011 - 10:15
donnaapple's picture

thankyou for offering this

thankyou for offering this yoga pose

donnaapple | Wed, 08/12/2009 - 17:59