By Photograph taken by and (c)2007 Johnathan J. Stegeman (Midimacman) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons

It’s pretty dismal here in Northeastern Massachusetts. After a few days when we saw some sun and it was relatively seasonable, it’s rainy and chilly. But on the way into the University I spied some daffodils by the side of the road. Bright and upright, they stood in stark contrast to their environs and that has made a huge difference.

Sometimes in yoga we deliberately pursue contrast as a way to learn something. We do asymmetric poses, for instance. Or in the style I teach, we might ask a student momentarily to compare what we consider an optimal alignment to one we consider less than optimal.

Where would we be with undifferentiated sameness, without contrast? One answer to this question consistently has been nowhere. Another is everywhere. So in the contrast is unity of experience, or intelligence brought to it. That is how contrast makes a difference.


About Richard Hudak

I am Senior Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I have been a practitioner of Anusara™ yoga. I have completed 200 hours of teacher training within its diaspora community, consistent with its philosophy and alignment principles.
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2 Responses to Contrast

  1. Gardengirl says:

    Thanks for the link! Weather is the same here in Indiana.

    • Richard Hudak says:

      The new writing tools in WordPress make it easy to identify “related links” I’d want to include, so thank WordPress!

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