Asana is life
Exploring the similarities and differences between two seemingly opposite poses, such as Dandasana and Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward-Facing Dog), can lead to a fuller understanding of what each one has to offer and how they can balance each other. (Similar shoulder placements and actions give rise to a bright and beautiful chest in both poses.) The same can be practiced in daily life. When you observe the similarities and differences between yourself and others, you learn from these observations and may find unexpected commonalities. Wherever friction remains, think of how you practice a difficult asana, and apply that level of mindfulness. If you pause and observe with patient kindness, you may find the necessary modification, compassion, and action to eventually bring understanding and ease.