A focus of our 2016 EmbodiYoga Asana classes is to explore the Body Systems as taught by Body Mind Centering and EmbodiYoga.
This focal lens of organizing and uniting consciousness in the context of yoga movement provides gateways and pathways for the practitioner to allow deep psychological, philosophical, and somatic understanding to be revealed.
The Body Systems as taught by EmbodiYoga include: the Skeletal Body, Muscular Body, Nervous System Body, Organ Body, Endocrine Body, Fluid Body, Fascia/Connective Tissue, the Skin Body and Cellular Body System (our very foundation). Our consciousness, a spiral of layer of thought, feeling, and knowledge, unites collectively and singular with these portals of awareness. Yoga expresses our intentional relationship with this mosaic of self.
In August, the Fluid Body was explored, with the following guideposts:
The Fluid entities of the body move us, their diverse suspended constituents teaching us about function, form, and interconnectivity. Extra and intraceullular, synovial, blood as liquid tissue, lympathic, cerebrospinal, the aqueous fluid in the eyes; all crystalline of structure, communication, and transformation.
meditation: Our Internalized Sea
"Energy vibrates and forms patterns in nature. The same patterns appear at all levels of existence; patterns that appear outside the body appear inside the body."
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Sensing, Feeling, Action
"We are designed to encompass a cosmis/planetary consciousness. " Emilie Conrad's understanding of the fluid body as a ground of being offers a touch stone for our exploration of meditation, wisdom which is deeply echoed in the meditations practices of yoga. Deep Listening, Breath Watching and Rocognizing the Self as dharana practices are gates to the pathway of meditation.
Hatha Asana Practices: Waves of Being
"Each undulation, every ripple, every exhale into the welcoming dissolve is a message from a greater world. It conveys its story through the felt sense of movement, sensation, an perhaps feelings tones that we are yet to name." Emilie Conrad, Life on Land: The Story of Continuum
Cat and Cow Vinyasa offers a study of fluid undulation, in support of vertebral bodies, glands, organs, and container structures such as muscles, connective tissues, and fascia. Each asana is bathed in fluid; boundary and exchange as the body takes the forms of asana practice release and flow the fluid entities. BKS Iyengar often spoke of the "squeeze and soak" of yogasana, embracing how each pose shape changes the shape of the container (skin, bones, muscles, outer fascia) and contents (glands, organs, inner fascia, cellular). Linda Hartley in her book Wisdom of the Body Moving offers explorations of "expressing the fluids freely" in movement which August classes will explore in asana practices.