Pose of the Week: Lolasana

Monday, 20 May 2019 17:01
This week’s pose is LolasanaLola means tremulous, moving to and fro or dangling like an earring. Asana means posture or pose.  It is an arm balance where all the weight of the body is borne on the hands.
BKS Iyengar in Lolasana in Light on Yoga (1966)
I find this pose very challenging. In fact, I don’t like it at all. I won’t go so far to say I hate it, but it’s up there. For me, the difficulty is 60 out of 60 (Iyengar rates it 6 out of 60). I’ll avoid it at all costs. 
Aversion is one of the kleshas. The Kleshas, in Sanskrit, are the five Afflictions or patterns that disturb the human consciousness. These patterns get in the way of our happiness. They generally relate to our precious ego being aggrieved. 
The first of the Kleshas is Avidya which can be translated as Ignorance or “nescience” meaning not knowing. You’re unsure of what is real and what is not real. You believe that the stuff you buy and spread around you is more important than the fibres that connect and entwine us all. Your belief is that your hip pocket is more important than our future of our world and our precious environment that supports and sustains us. BKS Iyengar says “Perceiving the links and associations that bind the cosmos in a seamless whole is the object of yoga’s journey of discovery.” (Light on Life, p.191).
The other 4 kleshas stem from ignorance. Asmita means Pride which, in turn, leads to arrogance. We make judgments by external and bogus comparisons. Things turn black and white. Nothing comes up to our standards and we are in a constant state of dissatisfaction.
The next 2 kleshas are Attachment (Raga) and Aversion (Dvesa) are on an emotional level. Attachment is where we attempt to link one impermanent entity with another impermanent entity, as the saying goes: “you can’t take it with you.” Dvesa is the opposite of Attachment, in that a reflex of repulsion leads to hate, based on superficialities. ‘Again it is our ignorance that plays the puppet master and sows confusion.’ (Light on Life, p.196)
Lastly, Abhinivesa means Fear of Death of Clinging to Life. It is at our instinctual level. We identify ourselves with our bodies, obviously this is our tangible, real part. They are our vehicles to move us around, interact and perceive our world. This is why yoga begins with the body. However, again you can’t take it with you after you’re gone. It is the ego and at times ego can be a dirty word. BKS Iyengar says: ‘Look for the light. Ego is not the source of the light. Consciousness transmits the divine light of origin, of the soul.’ (p.198) 
So next time you’re practising an asana you’re not a big fan of, ask yourself:  what is the asana really teaching you?  Lolasana has taught me humility and gratitude.
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