Supreme Balance

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | February 20th, 2008 | 4 Comments
topic: Yoga


Zen Master poet Gesshu Soko writes:

Inhale, exhale
Forward, back
Living, dying:
Arrows, let flown each to each
Meet midway and slice
The void in aimless flight –
Thus I return to the source.


In asana practice, we try to balance right and left, front and back, top and bottom. On a very subtle level, we align the human body, so that the subtle energy moves up the central energy channel. When our body loses its tension and collapse, this balance takes place. When our heart loses its fear and our mind loses its bias, this supreme balance takes place. Our posture is further refined by listening to the sound of the breath, traveling through the flute of the body. As the posture and the absorption of prana is refined, the need to breathe becomes significantly less. Thus, we as practitioners find ourselves in deep states of relative silence.

To further the refinement even more, our mind has to become more deeply engrossed in the subtle and sublime. Sri Aurobindo writes that “yoga is balance.” Is balance the cessation of movement and time? Is balance the return to the source? Maybe this is the peace and eternal happiness for which we all search.








  1. First of all, I’m a huge fan. Your “Power Yoga” video is in my top 5, when I’m practicing at home versus a studio.

    I really connect with the feeling of balance when I practice. Even as a child, I could tell when I wasn’t balanced and it wasn’t until I began to practice yoga in addition to meditation that I connected with balance even with my busy lifestyle. Keep up the good work.

    I think you should produce an audio podcast series of meditations if you haven’t already ;0)

    Jenny | February 21st, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  2. This topic is interesting to think about. For a long time my goal was to “achieve” balance- as if it were some high spiritual state- until one day (literally), I realized that what is in balance changes from moment to moment- from breath to breath… And it takes a great deal of committment to being fully alive in the moment in order to be attuned to what “balance” is defined as in this moment.

    Lisa | February 25th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  3. Balance! …indeed, an on going journey! Simple & complicated… ?

    I gather from my own experience in learning & discovering, was to try & understand… well…. “what is “balance”?” Is it a prescription? Is it a personal definition?

    That is… well what does my “perspective” conclude it actually truly means?

    From my “perspective” that is :) … the state of “balance” is streamline, effortless… perhaps in another way of putting it… it is “a place of being really present, without my focus being upon the past or future or my “egoist ambitions impressing it’s desires or will upon nature”, but being truly present & having a sensation that “all is perfect” – just the way it is.

    For balance can of course incorporate physical, mental & spiritual attributes, but … which are neither limited to just one… though somehow have a connective acceptance to each other.

    Can not a physically handicapped individual be “in balance” – though they can’t even perform an asana or walk ?

    Thus, it’s a very individual thing… for me. I have taught for 11 years… now I’ve chosen to give up teaching… Though there were times in my physical practice I was doing amazing contortions & etc. that my body never reached before. But honestly! I didn’t feel very balanced as a “being”.

    And there have been times, when my body couldn’t reach those levels of flexibility & strength… though I felt very much in balance & centered upon this planet while drinking a strong cup of coffee too. :))

    Physicality doesn’t necessarily equate to balance, though it can certainly help one to achieve it… from my perspective, the “intention” behind the practice & being “harmonic with nature – not impressing it’s will upon it. Was KEY for me. “.

    There are many great atheletes whom seem quite destructive in other areas of their life…. thus, are they in balance? Perhaps!? I don’t have the answer… tho if I get philosophical for a moment, perhaps it’s that “destructive attribute” that karmically makes fruitful growth & is part of the path toward “balance” ? Death & re-birth?

    I “believe”, and have found in my life that the simplest path for me to attain my perception of balance is when I ‘m able to move all my actions with being “PRESENT & lead my steps with unconditional LOVE”. Tho… is this simple? :))) heeee…. heeee…. yes & no.

    I gather one of the greatest aids… is to dissolve thru nature…. the “veils” of ignorance that clear us toward “clarity”… and that sontent sense of clarity or viveka… can be attained in various ways. Just like on MySpace discovering the real Rodney Yee ;) (just a little inside joke there)

    I learned a phrase from you years ago Rodney, Responsibility is the “ability to respond” … truly looking really deep into that expression and it’s bountiful meaning… I found liberation & balance can be one’s gift…. regardless thru asana or drinking a coffee…

    Everything is already perfect… no? :)

    It’s been my honor to meet you in my early years of training in NY at Om…

    Namaste bro!
    :) k

    kris lanzaro | February 26th, 2008 | Comment Permalink
  4. Balance and moderation in all things is the best policy.

    YogaDawg | March 1st, 2008 | Comment Permalink

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