“In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”
~ The Buddha
Realizing Nirvana is like suddenly seeing what was obviously always there. Someone who has realized Nirvana is the happiest, most content, most free person in all the world. No neuroses, no obsessions, no worries. Pure enjoyment and peace. This person is free from the illusion of I. This person feels no separation whatsoever from the world anymore. This person is home.
A yoga practice without inversions is like a marriage without a spouse, lemonade without lemons, or a body without a heart—the essence is missing. Inversions set yoga apart from other physical disciplines: Psychologically, they allow us to see things from an alternate perspective. Emotionally, they guide the energy of the pelvis (the energy of creation and personal power) toward the heart center, enabling self-exploration and inner growth. Physically, they stimulate the immune and endocrine systems, thereby invigorating and nourishing the brain and the organs. When done correctly, inversions also release tension in the neck and the spine.
Me in the summer.