October EmbodiYoga in Cincinnati's Asana and Foundations Class Study:
Cellular Body: Quiet Knowing
Cells resonate, communicate with each other in the water-community of the Extra Cellular Matrix. Nature offers many metaphors of cellular consciousness in motion, such as rain drops immersing into a still pool, reverberating rings flowing their presence over the surface of the water. Join us for asana classes and on Facebook in October for Cellular Body Studies.
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October EmbodiYoga Class Study: The Ground of Being
EmbodiYoga® is a yoga approach which offers yoga poses and meditation practices for all levels of practitioners. Props, mats, and a sense of kindness and ease will be available for you to enjoy the classes. Welcome!
Each month in 2016 is an opportunity to study consciousness via the lens of the Body Systems.
In October, our swadhaya, introspective study, of the Cellular Body System will explore meditation and yogasana to reveal relationship in movement and consciousness of the infinite wisdom of the Cellular Body.
EmbodiYoga Asana Classes
with Becky Morrissey
Mondays 6:30-8 pm
Meditation: beauty of Cellular Prakriti
Embodiment is a process of intentional connection, an openness to "understanding" on multiple levels of awareness.
Visualization and intellectualization are "mindful" levels of embodiment. Somatization is a level of awareness informed by visualization and intellectualization, with qualities of absorption in body sensation, "body-ful" as distinctive from "mindful".
The Cellular Prakriti Meditation is a sensory experience (visual and auditory) blending Yoga Philosophy concepts of our nature, Prakriti, with stunning images of cellular forms. One could also initiate movement from the body to open the dimension of somatic awareness to this meditation by moving like the cells do in the meditation; allow body intuition guide you as you remember your cellular knowing.
The morula creates an outer covering containing a fine fluid (intracellular fluid); this is our first product of connective tissue which eventually becomes our fascial body, a container within which to embody life. Each asana re-creates this as a place of space within which we transform and refine our conscious alignment with self and other.
Our "place of space": Bonnie Cohen writes in her book Sensing, Feeling, and Action of how cells create their own "place of space", Deep in the beginnings of our embryonic journey, the morula creates an outer covering containing a fine fluid (intracellular fluid); this is our first product of connective tissue which eventually becomes our fascial body, a container within which to embody life. As embryos, we created a sequence of spaces, our first embodiment of empty space. Yoga asana is also a sequence of spaces, within which we express this memory of embodying our primordial cellular anatomy, when practice is permitted to be guided by our body-mind (somatic yoga). As Bonnie writes, "we don't just inhabit space; we create space." We create the membrane boundary between inner Self and outer Self; we have an inner Self fluidity to sustain us in wise living, and an outer Self to love, integrate. and interact with our community and surroundings. Our Cellular matrix, the nest of cellular fluidity and consciousness, is a bindu, a gateway, to our inner spiritual knowing; perhaps the Vijnanamaya Kosha itself. Cellular consciousness, cellular wisdom; our matrix of "spiritual meets body in form".
Meet Your Cells : Cellular Shakti
Of the 5 powers of Shakti,as taught by Tantra Metaphysics, Jnana (yawn-nah) Shakti is "the power of intuitive knowing and self-organization" (Sally Kempton, Awakening Shakti). This video is a tour of the variety of cellular shapes of the organs; kidneys, liver, brain, intestines, and so on. The function of the organ is clearly expressed in the pattern of gathering of it's cells, as well as by the shape of the individual cells themselves. We truly are reflections of Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (nature), merged in "indissoluble embrace", as Kempton writes. Join us for EmbodiYoga Asana classes to experience cellular embodiment within the practice of asana and meditation.
Hatha Asana Practices: Place of Space
Our body contains approximately 37 trillion cells; many of them are contained in the Skin Body. An awareness of Cellular Embodiment in Yoga asana practice can begin with a simple massage of the face, the temples; the hands and soles of the feet, Sensation is the gateway to cellular knowing; feeling the skin in belly down to earth postures allows the Front Body to communicate sensory information about gravity via compression. This kind of awareness can also be found in Vrkrasana (Tree Pose) through the soles of the feet, the sacrum, and the vertebral column as it rises up from the yield and push of the tail, or lower body. All yoga postures offer a study of the awareness of sensory pathways leading to cellular consciousness, in the form of information moving through spaces and tissues. This is how an embodiment of cellular awareness can begin, and yoga movement is a lovely place of space for this developing knowing. The solid forms of asana postures we have learned are a stepping stone to authentic body expression, if we soften those forms into somatic (body-led) movements, that at times look much like dance or vinyasa, and feel the mosaic of full body consciousness (mind is a part of the body) as a place of being.
EmbodiYoga asana classes on Monday evenings at Sangha Yoga Loveland will explore Cellular Consciousness in yoga asana practice during the month of October. The experiential nature of the work informs your practice in a way reading about it can not; but more thoughts and writings on the "Place of Space" practices will appear here through the month, as well as in the Blog.
Becky Morrissey, eRYT500, has a passion for the study of yoga’s intersectionality with embodiment, relationship, and consciousness. She has been inspired by yoga for 25 years, and brings yoga modalities to her work as a mental health clinician and counselor educator. Becky is an avid student of Lisa’s, having completed theEmbodiYoga® 230hr program and continuing to study with Lisa for the current EmbodiYoga® 300hr program.
Yoga’s mosaic of embodied guidance, meditation, and play are at the heart of Becky’s teaching practice. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the steward of the Red Lotus Apsara Yoga School, and co-steward of Sangha Yoga Loveland, where she offers EmbodiYoga® classes, individual yoga therapy, and specialized workshops and teacher trainings throughout Ohio and the Tri-State area.
To contact Becky, email: email@example.com