The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali invite yogis to “cultivate the opposite:” when we confront adversity or harm, we are asked to cultivate kindness and compassion instead. This masterclass more broadly applies the idea of cultivating the opposite through both asana and pranayama. After considering the philosophical discussion of the foundations of this idea, we will apply these notions to an extended, wide-ranging asana practice. Throughout, we will notice how we can move beyond the most immediately obvious physical sensations and "cultivate the opposite" sensations to seek a balanced sense of equanimity. How do we cultivate strength in postures that seem to be about flexibility?; can we slow down when we want to race?; can we notice parts of the body and physical actions that we often ignore? We will finish with pranayama practice that is less about “doing” and more about noticing. The physical practice, while strong and challenging, will be adaptable for various levels of experience, but at least 6 months of regular yoga practice is advised.