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Distributing weight in foundation

         Greetings Sustainable Institutions Readers,

          Doing the Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) this week, description can be found here at http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/491, downloaded 15 June 2014, I noticed that it was a lot more comfortable than it used to be when I first began my practice.

            One insight came from the “yoga for beginners” YouTube video that I used to start my practice. Austin, Texas, USA based yoga teacher Adrienne Mishler, on the video (discussion of the wrists is at 14:13), gives the advice not to “collapse” onto the wrists (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ6NfFIr2jw&list=PLui6Eyny-UzzWwB4h9y7jAzLbeuCUczAl, downloaded 15 June 2014, link intended to attribute and link to the source of the information only). When I took this advice and was able to perform this asana with looser wrists, I had an easier time because my body weight was more evenly distributed.

            An even balance of weight can be very important in many of the asanas especially involving “foundational” poses. So it is also in our lives, including our institutional lives. If there is too much weight or tension put on one thing or another, one might find that the more foundational elements are being overstressed. This stress puts pressure on one particular part to do most of the work yet it may not even be the right area for most of the work.

            Therefore, one might take a hint from the practice of yoga in regards to keeping a centered alignment, not allowing “weight” to overtax certain areas especially when those are inappropriate for fully performing the task at hand.

            Keeping this balance, however, is not always easy, whether in yoga or in institutions. The best tip I would have, again whether yogic or in institutions, is to develop a foundation. In bodily movement, it is about finding a distributed flow to allow fluid movement for the desired activity and the mental/spiritual strength to allow this distribution to happen. In institutions and for individual decision makers, it may involve finding a sort of moral and/or mission center upon which everything else can be based.

            How do you build upon your own foundation, physically or mentally? How can you take this into your institutional involvements?

            Be at your best,

            Andrew Bennett