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To JUXTAPOSE is to put things close to each other to highlight the differences between them. Soft / Hard... Strong / Vulnerable... Focused / Scattered... Motivated / Lazy... Left / Right. Juxtaposition reflects the yin and yang of life. It is the contrast between knowing what is right and wrong, good and evil, healthy and unhealthy. Sometimes in life, we need to be set next to something that is the total opposite of ourselves to make us acknowledge our beliefs, strengthen our character and replenish our resolve.

Nature juxtaposed against man. Coquille River Lighthouse, Bandon, Oregon

"I juxtapose balance and imbalance

to find center."

Yoga Pose: Warrior III Virabhadrasana

Lengthen, strengthen and level yourself - yet soften into the pose - as you balance on one leg.

Foundation. Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Set your intention.

Move. Inhale and lift your left leg up behind you as you shift your weight into your right leg. Press your left heel away from your body as if you were pressing your foot against a wall. Firm the right hip towards the mid-line. Continue to lengthen and strengthen the right leg.

Torso. As you press the left heel back, tilt forward and allow your torso to come parallel with the ground.

Arms. Reach your arms back along your side body, stretching your fingers long. Release your shoulders away from your ears.

Gaze. Soften your jaw and eyes. Keep neck extended, yet soft. Gaze at the ground slightly forward of your position. Balance here for several breaths. To come out of the pose, exhale, release the left foot and return to standing upright.


[Repeat on the other side]

Highway 89, Jerome, Arizona

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