For some time, whenever I went to a yoga class, Id get that feeling you get when you come in part way through a television series. I got the gist of the story and was able to go along with with what was happening but it wasnt until yoga teacher and human movement specialist Simon Thakur explained some details around what Im choosing to see as the beginning of the story that things really started to make sense.
The Foundations Of Yoga
The foundation stone I discovered I had been missing was the purpose behind all of the postures. Simon Thakur shared that one of the core functions of yoga is about increasing awareness throughout the body with a particularly important focus around the central axis of the body, between the spine and the organs. From here, a fundamental aspect of yoga practice can start with the awakening of our ability for the spine to undulate backwards and forwards, undulate side-to-side and to twist and awakening this ability in each individual vertabrae. This was the foundation stone I was looking for.
Like going back to the beginning of the television series Id started watching in the middle, I suddenly saw new depth and had a more complete understanding of everything Id already seen so far. For example, it suddenly occurred to me that this opening of spinal flexibility and increase in strength helps one to sit for extended periods of time with the spine in a state of alignment, for connection to higher awareness in meditation.
It didnt take long to realise that this was the tip of an iceberg of knowledge that...