Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Yoga and S/m

I’ve often mused on the parallels that can be found between the practice of yoga and a session of intense, physical scening. Both bring me to a state of meditative delight that becomes addictive and provides me with such a burst of energy and contentment, the positive after-glow often lasts for days. Both provide me with a sense of pushing my body to its limits, which in turn provides an immense boost of mental joy that spills over into an emotional and spiritual high that in turn encourages me to push even further the next time. Ultimately, the repetitive, challenging routines required by yoga together with the focus necessary to maintain and internalize an intense sado-machositc scene are one and the same and result in the same sense of calmness and peacefulness that a true meditative glow brings.

Bear with me and I will illustrate the similarities.

1. Clothing:

Yoga is best undertaken with a minimum of clothing – so too is a session. Both, after all, require the practitioner to have a full range of movement with no interference from extraneous clothing.











2. Flexibility

One of the primary advantages of yoga is the flexibility it imparts; for yoga poses are complicated and challenging, requiring the individual to contort, flex, stretch and often (depending on the style of yoga) hold a position for a long time. So too in a scene is the submissive required to undertake certain – often formal – poses which she is often required to hold for an extended period of time. The similarity between yoga positions and those in a scene are self-evident.

3. Pain tolerance

While almost self-explanatory to any masochistic submissive, any committed yoga practioner is well aware that a tolerance for pain is a necessary requirement if one truly wishes to master a certain pose. While an experienced yogic teacher will of course be adamant about NOT pushing past a certain limit (i.e. to the point of damaging a limb, tendon or muscle), most will quite bluntly counsel you to tolerate the “ache” and work through it. So too with a scene! An experienced top or Master will ensure that the level of pain inflicted is within the scope of that particular submissive’s ability while at the same time ensuring the maximum reaction is achieved.

4. Focus

Both a scene and yoga require massive focus… focus to shut out extraneous noise and distractions, focus to go within your mind and find the reserves and strength to tolerate what is being done (or you are doing) to your body, focus to maintain position and decorum.

5. Meditation

Ultimately, to my mind, the end result of both a successful scene and a wonderful yoga session are one and the same – both for me are a form of meditation. Ultimately, by pushing my body, by pushing the limits of my mind and soul, by the reality of dealing with corporeal pain and effort, I am dragged into the hear and the now and my mind is set free to drift in nirvana.

6. Tolerance

Yoga positions - and scenes - are not about how far you can reach to touch your toes or how many repetitions you can perform or whether you can tolerate more than the “other” submissive. Rather, both are all about paying attention to how your body feels; how it moves without excruciating pain or agony but with enough to make your awareness soar. Yoga and scenes are all about breathing correctly, about integrating that breath into your being, about using the breath to work through what is occurring to your body. ''

We practice yoga and are involved in scenes for the same end results. It makes us feel good. It makes the blood surge through our veins, the energy pulsate through muscle and sinew, it is about the bliss coursing through your whole being. Best of all, it is for EVERYONE - regardless of age, color, caste, creed or religion; from the healthiest to the sickest, from the richest to the poorest.

To sum up – both a scene and a yoga session ensure the following (from http://www.yogawiz.com):

- Brings down stress and enhances powers of relaxation
- Boosts physical strength, stamina and flexibility
- Bestows greater powers of concentration and self control
- Inculcates impulse Control
- Helps in rehabilitation of old and new injuries
- Intensifies tolerance to pain and enhancing mental clarity
- Boosts functioning of the immune system
- Enhances posture and muscle tone
- Improves blood circulation
- Results in healthy, glowing skin
- Cleanses and improves overall organ functioning
- Bestows peace of mind and a more positive outlook to life
- Infuses a sense of balance and internal harmony

3 comments:

Buffalo said...

An interesting comparison and an accurate one, I think.

Beth said...

Oh, I like this post! :-) Very true.

1000SP said...

How very, very true!
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