|By Moore, Pastorello & Ariganello|
It was, I think, in Rachel Pollack's 78 Degrees of Wisdom that I first read the association of the Hanged Man to doing sirsasana (headstand). Straight away, as a then yoga-teacher, it chimed with me.
While I've never seen the aspect of sacrifice in practising yoga, certainly there is a large element of discipline. And as this image suggests, it is a wonderful way to take some time out of our everyday existence and gain a different perspective on life.
In this image, I love that she is practising in a beautiful, light space, with candles and very minimalistic and natural decorations - very sattvic :) The blue of her clothes suggests the visudda (throat) chakra. As with the Hanged Man's associations to Odin, what she learns through her practice she will bring back into the world.
As for me, the first thing this card says is that today is a good day for a longer yoga practice! I also wonder about the aspect of enforced stillness that I often associate with the Hanged Man. There are a couple of things that I'm working on which don't seem to be going anywhere fast. Sometimes, though, things just need to develop in their own time...
I am grateful for the joys that yoga brings to my life.