Leaves could be considered a skin surface of the trees, with "breath" pores supporting respiration exchange from inner to outer, and a sensitivity to light and temperature, signaling phases of change in the cycles of Tree Being, Our skin illuminates this natural pattern of change in similar ways..
Explorations of the Skin Body System offer a fascinating view of how the skin organ is a guiding consciousness pathway to presence and realization on many levels.
Language of the Skin Body immerses us in concepts such as expand and compress; our "topography" and study of the layered surfaces of our physical, emotional, and spiritual identities. We can follow the skin pathways to endpoints bonding with support, the Earth; we can flow through the skin from our central axis (vertebral column) to the outer boundaries of our skin's cellular structure, where we bond with Space. We can notice the skin's whispering voice; we can place ourselves in a location in or on the skin body, and shift our awareness from surface (epidermis) to deeper into the skin's interface with muscle, connective tissue (hypodermic), as well as find the subtle energy layers within the mapping of Skin Body awareness.
Our skin body is our coastline of connectivity, both separating and connecting us to our inner and outer worlds. We live within a beautiful mandala of consciousness, a micro of the marco of cosmic structure, sharing it's pattern with us to illuminate our knowing of deeper truths. Our biome of Yoga with All That Is.
Pranayam is a practice which directly involves the Skin Body if we allow and breath into the Skin Body itself. A pranayam practice called Devadashanta, tantric in origin, is a place of watching breath, deeply listening to how it flows through layers of consciousness just as it flows through layers of the Skin Body.
Click the Golden Leaf: This is a short audio recording of a guided Devadashanta Breath Practice was recorded during the EmbodiYoga Asana class on September 19th.
Breath Contemplation: What pranayam practices supports and speaks to your Skin Body?
May this practice be to the benefit of all beings everywhere. Namaste'
Lovely reference: Irene Dowds' Taking Root to Fly; Metaphors of Touch
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