Beyond Anatomy

Mindful of the forthcoming bank holiday and your time, this week’s post is more brief than some.  I have also stolen the title from a symposium held in April in NYC.

An interesting observation this week has been that when one starts to notice tension, to pay attention to a particular holding pattern and begin to release there, another area may “pop up” and begin to shout at us.  This shows how multi-layered is the imprint upon our bodies I think – carrying ourselves and all that means in terms of our life, lifestyle, injuries, emotions and so on.

The great patience demanded by our yoga practice as we explore small movements in our self-enquiry of the body is not for everyone.  However, by spending time on the sensation of movement, as opposed to the shape of yoga poses, we make new and unusual movements in new and unfamilar positions – aka the recent “gorillas’  don’t have a lumbar curve” session!  In this way, the nervous system must generate solutions to movements and restricted movement, which begins to enhance our awareness of the what the body is doing and (but it does take time) we can begin to choose how we move.

Our heightened awareness can, naturally I think, lead to self-criticism and the notion that …”another thing is not right”; after many hours of yoga classes our “hamstrings are still tight “.etc.  In my own case, it has taken 10 years to lengthen my legs towards the ceiling in “gravity pose” without the “shakes” and I continue to hope for a balanced and integrated squat.

Seeking to balance the body and to find comfort is not solely defined by structure, however.  This is much better expressed by the speakers at the Beyond Anatomy Symposium, as mentioned above.  In the video, you will hear Leslie Kaminoff,  Amy Matthews and Pete Blackaby.  There are subtle differences in approach, which is always interesting.  Enjoy the link.








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