Yoga is a practice of the alignment of the individual mind with higher mind. Through the calming of the restlessness of the mind we have an opportunity to connect with the moment. In the moment is the breath and in the breath is the Higher mind.Lately In my practice and teaching I have been focusing on the Gluteus Maximus also known as the derrière and engaging posterior and anterior together into the center.
When I was younger my body just was there doing what it was supposed to be doing. My Gluteus muscles were automatically engaged as were my abdominals.
This scenario has changed opening up a whole new level of awareness and observation of pulling it back together through asana practice. As long as you ride the wave of change throughout life, embracing the tools that we learn on the way, yoga as does life remains a continuous gift of intrigue.
Finding some interest in what is the latest in the Yoga Anatomy world I stumbled upon a magazine heaped with the focus of the Gluts (minimum, maximum and medium) and how that part of the body offers support to the posterior chain and can be toned through Yoga.
The anatomy is practical, informative and interesting as one gets a clear visual of what is involved as we are dissecting movement.
I am not an anatomist nor am I a physical therapist, I am simply a lover of yoga and sharing from my experience and expressing the poetry of yoga to others who are interested.
The practical application is what keeps me intrigued as it becomes a puzzle that fits together in a beautiful natural woven pattern.
Walking, standing, and sitting in day to day movement with all of its applications is a continual study as long as I have a body that experiences changes, pains and re-adjustments.
Now my focus is on Walking as it reflects so many aspects of one’s attitude in life.
On a walk with a girlfriend at a nearby nature preserve we decided to slow our walk down and practice the Buddhist meditation walk. A slow, thoughtful, careful walk.
Moving forward from her pelvis rather then her neck and slowing her steps to bring her feet in use as shock absorbers heel toe slow, thoughtful and careful she began to feel her body as she stayed with herself in the moment. Her posterior moved towards her center as did her head, ribs and her mind.
Basically speaking, Bringing everything to her center and lifting upward as she brought her inhalations up through the length of her spine. The transformation was instant. She became aware of her thighs hips, abs being used and toning effortlessly.
What I saw was the change in her face as she reflected confidence and calm. She was moving with the ease of walking from slowing herself down and staying in the moment of each step with each breath. Being centered and present in her own body allowed her to take the time to reconnect with her body as she was moving from her forward from her center.
Walking reflects an attitude of how we DO life. Moving forward faster then our feet can carry us with the head moving ahead of the rest of the torso, is an attitude of trying to hard and moving away from the moment reflective in how we carry ourselves.
Yoga is a practice of the alignment of the individual mind with higher mind. Through the calming of the restlessness of the mind we have an opportunity to connect with the moment. In the moment is the breath and in the breath is the Higher mind.
It seems like a logical first step would be to watch how we can carry the teaching of yoga into the application of practical movement.
So why not start with the basics of posture as posture in movement and take more care in how YOU walk! Slow down and be with yourself from your feet up to your head.
Now let’s go for that walk.