The other day in my yoga practice a luscious tidbit of the cosmos slathered me with 40 minutes of bliss that released deep held tensions that I have been harbouring for a few weeks. This was one of the most delectable yoga experiences I have had. It was scrumptious, delightful – orgasmic! The melting away of deep tensions met by awareness, honouring and breath reminded me of one of the central reasons for yoga – the release of bondage. How could yoga be not be entirely succulent when it involves freeing ourselves from the tethers of our egoic mind? The imprints of our daily striving begin to dissolve with gentle, intelligent movement, deep awareness and unforced breath. That day on my mat, this dissolution felt like the falling away of a thousand heavy chains.
Tantric yoga encourages the use of pleasure to draw us into presence. This doesn’t mean hankering after all things pleasant like an automaton, but rather using pleasure as a gateway to our present moment experience. Today in your practice can you let pleasure guide you? Can you find movements that feel good and be tantalized by your practice rather than taunted? Today, let enjoyment be your intention, make like Pooh and find the honey in your practice, and your life.