Exploring the energy body 7 Oct 2007 notes

The energy body is as subtle as it is powerful, a bit like love, in that we can’t tick a box to quantify, simplify or explain why or how it can have such a powerful and all consuming effect on us. Modern science has made a step towards measuring and "proving" the energy body, bringing it into recognition, but has only vaguely touched upon its potential. I think most dedicated Yoga practitioners would agree.

The main "scientifically proven" points of the Energy Body:

There are 72.000 Nadis (energy meridians) in the electro-magnetic body which sends Prana (vital energy) from one point to another.

There are 107 Marma (pressure or energy points) throughout the human body.

There are 7 main Chakras (and other secondary Chakras) which transmit magnetic currents of the earth into energy of the physical body. The physical energy balances the central nervous system and the endocrine system.

Sitting - Mudra

Whenever any finger comes in contact with the thumb, the element of that finger gets balanced. The universe was a vacuum in the beginning. Then air was formed followed by the sun and finally water. From water, the earth was formed. Hence every action and reaction in the universe is linked to these elements in one way or another. Practices like Yoga, Ayuveda, Homeopathy etc aim to balance these elements. Methods may differ but the goal remains the same.

Mudras help in physical, spiritual and mental upliftment. Enhance both beauty and talent, and can be performed regardless of age or gender. Mudras are not time, place, direction or posture bound:

Thumb Fire, colour Red Root Chakra to Heart Chakra
Index finger Air, Green Heart Chakra to Third Eye Chakra
Middle finger Sky, Multi coloured Third Eye Chakra
Ring finger Earth, Yellow Below Knees
Little finger Water, White Knees to Root Chakra

Pelvis & Hara

The centre of gravity, control and motion of the human is in the lower abdomen, the centre of the pelvis. It’s also the psychic centre of collection of power, the recipient and container for the energy force Chi. In Indian Yoga tradition Kundalini, the coiled snake, resides in the Kanda or egg in the lower abdomen and, through Yogic practices, is awakened and guided upward through the spinal cord called Sushumna to the pineal gland to bring about a state of bliss (Samadi).

Ideally all movements and breath should flow into and out of the Hara. Chi energy is the carrier of this powerful force, it is more subtle than muscular force. The rebound power of the earth flows upwards through the action of Rooting, into the Hara and from the Hara into the rest of the body. It becomes easy to feel this energy with practice. We are not creating a new power within us, but merely cultivating awareness and sensitivity to it. Such sensitivity spreads throughout our entire way of thinking and living. As we become more aware and sensitive to ourselves, we become more aware and sensitive to others, to nature and our environment. We gain confidence and contentment in whatever situation life presents. (based on the teaching, and wisdom of Dona Holleman).

Anatomy of core muscle Connection

Bean Bag breathing and Hara awareness supine adhomukha

Ropes: Opening shoulders, Adhomukha Tadasana, Adhomukha Svanasana, Urdhvanukha Uttenasana in pairs

Vinyasa (warming kidney yang for Autumn change) flow with adaptations for varied levels where appropriate:

Tadasana - Urdhvahastasana - Uttenasana - right leg leads into Adhomukha Svanasana - left leg over into Ardha Dhanurasana - Urdhvamukha Svanasana - right leg over into Ardha Dhanurasana - right leg follow through into Parsvakonasana - Trikonasana - Ardha Chandrasana - short step back into Adhohastasana Parvottanasana - up and into full Parvottanasana - turn into Prasarita Padottanasana (stay 5 breaths) - turn into deep lunge - Adhomukha Hanuman asana - back to deep lunge and into Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana - Uttenasana (stay 5 breaths)

Pairwork

Parivrtta Trikonasana & Parivrtta Parsvakonasana using poles and heel support where appropriate

Sirsasana into Vrschikasana 2

Halasana in Pairs: Observing, awareness of what assistance is helpful to the individual

Savasana Sitting or Lying

Growing more and more Aware

In the course of spiritual growth, all of our concepts, ideas, and beliefs have to be investigated and re-evaluated over and over again. What you are thinking now may hold no value in three months or three years. You will have grown, your awareness will have increased, and your level of understanding will have risen. From being a sleepwalker, a hypnotized of conditioned person, you gradually become a person who is aware. - Swami Sivananda Radha

My good friend and Yogini Beverly Downie once said that ‘when everything is boiled down, what’s left is Love’ and it’s been a comfort to carry around with me since.

….and on that note of Love Congratulations Sophie and Charlie on your commitment to Love! Thank you for inviting me to your lovely wedding.

Thanks to all of you that came to share the workshop, I sincerely hope you enjoyed, and gained a gem or two. I felt enriched and glowing from your focused energy.

Love Jacqui X