How do you consistently remain alive during life’s demands? How do you adapt? Are the adaptations you currently incorporate helping you live in harmony? Being alive is being alive in balance during all circumstances. Or re-establishing balance if you discover the consequences of being out of balance, feeling less alive?
Learning new patterns to replace of habits that limit freedom of well-being can be challenging. Habitual patterns of posture for sitting and standing which unknowingly limit the flow of your circulation of life force energy, Prana, are perhaps the toughest to change.
Life is challenging, sometimes overwhelming, sometimes eliciting means to survive. The body and mind do the best they can, in the attempt to meet the demands from you and your environment. The stress response of the body, if elicited during these demands can diminish any biological and physiological healthy rhythms leading to symptomatic signals of unease. It is a resonance in the nervous system that registers dis-ease from unsupported activity. Symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, cold hands and feet, decreased appetite and difficulty digesting food all relate to an overwhelmed system.
A standing posture can be helpful in cultivating the supportive essential qualities for a path toward balance. Stances can also simultaneously aide in cutting and removing habitual “holding” patterns limiting your current state of being. Patterns developed from adaptations you needed and necessary at a certain part of your life. How you dealt with a demanding or stressful experience – survived, managed, or thrived. With a relaxed focus on the dynamisms of a stance you begin the process of feeling the body’s innate wisdom for balance – harmony.
The bones are that balance point. Balance point where there is no binding stress on the system. Rather an acceptable demand that facilitates circulation and change. How do you move from balance, through balance, to balance is one of the key elements of how the bones support optimal function. Bones resemble quality of concentration, both physically the most solid structure, and physiologically the most vascular.
The bones are most associated with the earth element because of the mineralization and density. The bones are “well-baked” holding the qualities of the fire, AND are the most metabolic tissue. They are built to support you! When the practice utilizes the bones for support:
- Reduces the muscular effort for support,
- Decreases stress responses to daily demands,
- Creates the quality of Dharana, which is essential for Dhyana (meditation),
- Generates a gentle internal heat for metabolism, and
- Improves circulation for all the body’s functions.
Stability from the bone brings lightness and relaxation. Optimal load bearing and “alignment” brings optimal fluid dynamics to all tissues. have a wonderful way to bear you and support you. By being in a stationary position such as goat or horse stance, your entire body’s ability to facilitate and integrate change is supported by the work-horses of your legs – the bones.
The “posture” is not held. The body must have the capacity to remain in a stationary position and maintain circulation. This is part of the body’s natural ability to support you, just as a horse knows how to sleep standing up. One of the keys is the feeling of lightness, fluidity, and ease during and after the stance. This is a measure of how long one is sustainable in stationary work.
The practice can also help you realize what support you. The practice can also provide a glimpse into the understanding of non-violence, because the demand on the structure asks us to release our old ways, and surrender to something stronger and more powerful than our means to survive or deal with. You will be amazed at how much energy you have been using to hold yourself up. What is the sustainable enduring essence within you?
Solution – try goat stance.
- Stand feet just beyond shoulder width, then push your heels out so the toes are in more than the heels.
- Feel 4Points on your feet to establish balance in your foundation; as you notice the settling onto the four point, if one or more points are not as engaged with the earth, try not to mechanically roll the feet or ankles to adjust, rather soften the feet and extend your awareness to the edges of your feet – nail bed or first toe, space between the 4th and 5th mound, backs of heels leading back and down into the earth. Keep allowing the feet to soften and feel more fluid like.
- With the hands soft, place on low belly below the navel in a way the elbows and shoulders are relaxed and no tension in the chest or neck.
- Entering the stance, lower yourself down onto the balanced 4Point feet, as if the front of your shins keep weight into the heels, and avoid pushing yourself down into the stance which will produce increase weight onto the balls of the feet and lightness in the heels. Feel the difference if you are not understanding – push yourself down, and notice your ankle, knee, hip joints and the spine. Do they feel compressed? Try letting the feet pull the shins down keeping the heels weighted by the front top of your shins and notice your joints and spine. It is all about how to gain the most effective benefits of the stance.
- Depth of stance remains at 1-2 inches, no deeper. As you begin to allow the body to be supported by the bones, especially the shin bone, you will want to go deeper. Can you stay at 1-2 inch depth and allow the internal release that feels like you are going deeper, when in fact it is the release of what you habitually hold up that is releasing down.
- Avoid stress, but overdoing, pushing down into the legs, holding in the knees, hips, buttocks, and/or spine. These holdings are very common when the cultivation and development in the bones to support you is “young.” Young, you say for example “I am 45yrs old.” I am referring to a development of circulation and neuromuscular (or neuromotor) patterns of support that is usually associated with muscles supporting, rather it is the bone that supports you. The patterns of holding in the muscles, or the other common habit is resting on the joints. And these habits are your default, and therefore “stronger” than this new way of being in your legs.
- Be patient, accept your capacity, and persevere with trust your body can do this. Your development is dependent on practicing with awareness, and then integrating through your day the feeling of support and how you use your legs during the day.
- Recommend doing this in the morning, midday, and in the evening before bed 2-3minutes at a time. Build to -> 5 minutes,
-> 8 minutes, -> 10 minutes, -> 15 minutes over a 9 month period. Give it time and have no expectation of it coming sooner. This will take time and once developed your body will hold a wonderful support level that will serve you for a long time.
- The above guidance in the video is a great resource. Be patient with feeling the more subtle aspects of the stance that are mentioned about the pelvis, the breath, and the spine. Be comfortable being in the stance first noticing support and releasing onto the bones, then your awareness with have more capacity to observe the other things that happen. It took me 3-4 years to feel the things I am sharing.
- Keep practicing with this or other stances to further your development depending on your desires and your needs.
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- Schedule a session!
This can be transformative!!!