When we withdraw one of our senses, the other senses become sharper in response.
Practicing yoga blind folded allows us to tap into this. With your blindfold on, you fully tune into the teacher’s instructions, and completely feel the placement of your body on the mat and in space.
In todays world, we are flooded with images from social media, Instagram and yoga magazines of beautiful bodies performing perfect asanas.
Its easy to get tempted by the idea that imitating these perfect poses equals good yoga. Consequently many yoga students focus too much on how a pose looks.
When practicing with a blind-fold, we cannot see what our poses look like nor can we see our neighbours. This allows us to fully immerse ourselves into the way the pose feels.
Many people feel more vulnerable, uncertain and less in control when they begin the practice of blind-fold yoga. But this experience of being a little unsettled is a profound one. You find out where the fear is for you and then simply stay with it. When we stay present with our fears, experiencing them rather than pulling away, they lose their power.
One of the happy side effects of sharpening the other senses is that one can channel them more effectively. This enhanced concentration brings much greater presence and mindfulness to your practice.
When the practice is over we gain a better understanding of how much we rely on our vision and we become grateful that we have such a gift.
We learn that we can use our gaze far more deliberately to enhance your focus and your concentration, rather than letting it distract us.