Viveka. A Sanskrit term meaning the ability to discern, see clearly, between the real and unreal, changing versus the unchanging. At times this discernment can become blurry or lost in daily life—as we cling and become attached to that which changes.
Yoga helps you cultivate viveka. It can give you freedom, wisdom. Let’s take a look at Eagle Pose, a pose to re-focus and create clear intent within the mind.
The eagle soars high above with great clarity and vision. And when it locks sight on its prey, it remains focused, no matter what.
We can learn a lot from just this one characteristic of the eagle. To step back and see the ‘big picture’, re-focus our attention on the unchanging, and maintain that connection, whatever comes our way. From there, we see clearly.
The pose gives us an opportunity to have an embodied experience of being bound and contracted, similarly to how we can live our lives, and in contrast, as we release the pose, to feel the freedom of openness and expansion.