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Calligraphy Yoga – Marriage of the Elements

April 2nd, 2019 by

In a time of deep fragmentation, disconnection, and dis-ease there is a misconception and over-complication of how to walk a VITAL, AWARE and EMBODIED way of life.

To re-connect we must break down the most simplistic elements of life: EARTH, WATER, AIR, FIRE, ETHER. Inside the marriage of these elements lies the secrets of life, the harmony of nature, stability, flow, adaptability, purification, and connection… A reorganisation, back to a natural way of being.

But before we look at the essence of HEALTH and VITALITY we must look at the essence of disconnection and dis-ease. The root of the sickness originates from instability, stagnation, rigidity, toxicity, and disconnection.

Through the Calligraphy Yoga system there is a reorientation that occurs within the physical and energetic bodies. This system inspires movements that originate from the center, and movements that expand from deep inside the cells. The emergence of vitality occurs in the trainings as people learn to relax (“relax” meaning calm, balanced, strong, centered, alert), sink the weight of the body and loosen the grip of tension in the belly and the fascia. Over time as we learn to soften, slow down and silence the mind, we formulate a deep communion and communication with our internal body, cells, organs, and the internal intelligence that breathes us alive. By changing the way we move and bringing emotion into our movement, we align with this innate intelligence.

The Calligraphy health system is an ancient echo of the potential of the human energy system. Developed by Master Zhen Hua Yang, this work is of vital importance for these times. In a time of extreme disconnection, dis-ease, and instability, this system inspires a flowering of the human energy system, revitalises communication with the cells, awakens life energy, and nourishes organ health.

Through this work, I have personally seen miracles of healing through subtle shifts in perception and the relationship to the body. Sciatica transformed in days. Vikings Disease dissolving. Trauma reorganised and severe illness sent into remission. The simple act of softening the belly has a huge capacity to transform the fear startle response, or trauma responses that all humans on the planet have embedded in the biology of the cells. Change the vibration of the cell (the 37 trillion cells within the body) and transform illness by changing your being. Begin to move differently everyday, like the water or the wind and begin a communication with the inside of the body. The momentum of energy that builds within is deeply transformational, shifting the relationship with stress and tension.

Change the tension in your body and awaken the vitality that lives inside you.

Nourishing Peace

April 6th, 2017 by

yoga balancing body and mind adyaRecently, the reflection of life that continues to weave through my days is the guidance to anchor MORE, to root, to ground the attention and to truly experience the sense of drawing the light down into the body, into this Earth walk. Slowing down and embracing the mundane, receiving the teachings of life and somehow making the high moments of understanding and inspiration concrete, in simple ways- lived, manifested, expressed through the NOW.

So much of our spiritual seeking is “out there” somewhere. Looking for god in the heights and peaks of experience, in the joy of being in the zone or in love or in some sort of expression of ecstasy or expansion. Those spiritual experiences of course have their teaching- in fact they guide us to widen the container and to expand our capacity to hold the fullness of life, allowing us to see and feel more deeply how wide and vast we truly are. And yet, expansion and the width and depth that are met through powerful moments is one side of the spectrum of the fullness of our reality.

Today in my yoga practice I touched the other side of the spectrum deeply- the simplicity of the softening presence of the exhale, and the power of creating space for integration, simply through slowing down- feeling, breathing, and listening.

There was a buzz inside of me… a subtle vibration of edginess and tiredness… a slight feeling of nervousness to meet the fullness of the moment. And the simple and nourishing softening presence of the exhale guided me (again!) back into the space of gentleness within, openness, softness. Observing how the tension in the physical body dropped away layer by layer revealing a deeper connection with the textures of sounds, the quality of resting on the Earth and the feeling inside my own form. Over time, or spontaneously this practice of resting into simplicity and presence may reveal a very tangible sense of embodiment, of essence, simply through the act of receiving the moment and NOURISHING PEACE.
Can we bring more attention to the spaces between thought and within the UNDOING and truly celebrate the opening into restfulness? Into spaciousness? Into Integration?

I am constantly amazed by how the most simple tools such as conscious breath, observing the sensations in the body, and simply witnessing and listening to the layers of sound can reveal such a vast connection to the inner space. The rich layers of the inner experience are revealed through the willingness to BREATHE with presence and to track the sensations of tightness and control within the body and the mind. This awareness slowly melts away the tension, on a very visceral level. We must be vigilant with continually calling the attention back to NOW, and yet these moments of letting go create a potent field of integration where our being can finally rest and say, “thank you! I’ve been holding onto so much!”

In a time of so much distraction and intensity, these points of integration and simplicity may be crucial to our health, vitality and sense of peace within. As dynamic beings we are bombarded by our own patterns of mind, the collective busyness and the call to achieve, do and become. The mind/body system is mostly functioning from a space of overload, just trying to cope with the overwhelmingness of being human in this very complex and rich expression of life.

As we create space for simple and gentle moments of integration, whether it happens on the yoga mat, or while sitting on the earth, or drinking a cup of tea, (or where-ever) we slowly widen this vessel of the body to truly receive and make sense of the peaks and the valleys that we cross through as human beings. Through moments of integration, we may finally allow both the expansive spiritual experiences and the very grounded daily insights to become more fully anchored within the body and thereby affecting our capacity to weave those understandings into the energy that we express through our life. And maybe this is how we can enhance the possibility of truly living the wisdom of the soul light within this Earth walk… with more clarity, intention, alignment and integrity.

 

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