March Pose of the Month: Lisa Benner Chooses Virabhadrasana III

March Pose of the Month: Lisa Benner Chooses Virabhadrasana III

Mahashivratri falls on the moonless 14th night of the new moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun — generally between the middle of February and the beginning of March on the Roman Calendar.  There is a shivratri every month, but this one is the big one, said to be Shiva’s favourite, and also includes the celebration of his wedding to Parvati.  This year, it was celebrated on February 24.

One of the things I love about their celebration is that everyone was invited — the devas and the asuras, the gods and the demons.  A lot of people had some pretty strong opinions about this.  Shattered expectations turned into anger. The them vs us feelings were palpable.  It is fascinating to me, given Shiva’s qualities, that this was surprising.  Shiva is consciousness, and consciousness is without category.  The mutable divisions of good and bad dissolve in the steady awareness of what is, and beyond the dissolution of these limitations is the wide open space of limitless possibility, miracle.  There lives a new way of seeing, understanding and living.
Virabhadrasana 3, to me, is the embodiment of piercing through.  It is fierce and challenging and asks us to be both brave and willing to play.  It asks for clarity of intention so that we might find steadiness in precariousness.  There must be lightness, a touch of ease and the willingness to release because if we hold too tightly, we will lose it.  
If we can let our expectations and categories go — pierce through them — what might we discover?  What magic might be in the beyond, ready to be born out of the akasha (space) of limitless possibility that buoys us?
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