This morning I was watching a national news program that showed a film clip of a woman doing a yoga pose on a plank suspended off the side of a tall building. It was a nice pose, but it looked scary. The tallest platform I have used is a snow pile!
This film clip has brought about a debate on the safety and ethics of doing yoga that is potentially risky and then sharing it with others. To me it is Rachelle's practice and choice. We do not have to follow her choice. My issue is what was the motivation behind Rachelle's practice of her pose on the plank. Was her motivation out of some sort of greed or grasping? Was she coveting some sort of title or eliteness? In yoga we practice aparigraha which is one of the Yamas expressed in Patanjali's Sutras. Aparigraha is the expression of non-grasping or non-possessing or non-coveting. Rachelle's need to practice her pose on a plank might have been some sort of challenge for her practice, but since she recorded it to be seen by the world, I think there was some sort of greed behind her motives.
Link to the Film Clip:
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.