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MEDITATIVE ..

pranayama postures

 

In order to benefit fully from your practice of pranayama and meditation it is important to;

  • Sit upright, back ribs and muscles firm and alert. Head and neck held erect and perpendicular to the floor.  

  • Ensure the chest is not constricted in any way, abdomen and lungs able to expand fully, allowing a free flow of energy through the nadis and chakras.

  • The weight is evenly distributed between the right and left sides of the body. The legs and hips become the anchors that help you keep grounded and centered.

  • You are able to maintain this position comfortably for the duration of the practice, so that the posture doesn’t become a distraction.

 

NEUTRAL SPINE

 

The position where the spine is most relaxed and free from joint tensions that are created as the joints are bent away from neutral. Play around to find it.. Where do you feel free, light, long and relaxed?

deep front line 

(DFL) THE BODY'S MYOFASCIAL 'CORE'

The line has roots deep in the underside of the foot, passing up just behind the bones of the lower leg and behind the knee to the inside of the thigh. From here the track passes in front of the hip joint, pelvis, and lumbar spine, while an alternate track passes up the back of the thigh to the pelvic floor and rejoins the first at the lumbar spine. The DFL continues up through the rib cage staying internal surrounding the organs up to the cranium.

The DFL lifts the inner foot arch, stabilises each segment of the legs, including the hip. Supports the lumbar spine from the front. In the trunk it invests in many organs. It stabilises the chest while allowing the expansion & relaxation of breathing and balances the fragile neck and heavy head atop it all.

Aside from hip adduction and the breathing wave of the diaphragm, there is no movement that is strictly the province of the DFL, yet neither is any movement outside its influence. The DFL provides stability and subtle positional changes to the core structure to enable the more superficial structures and lines to work easily and efficiently.

Lack of support, balance, and proper tone in the DFL (i.e where short DFL myofascia does not allow the hip joint to open fully into extension) will produce overall shortening in the body, encourage collapse in the pelvic and spinal core, and lay the groundwork for negative compensatory adjustments in all the other lines. This is shown by movement with slightly less elegance and grace, and slightly more strain to the joints and tissues, which can set up the conditions over time for injury and degeneration.

spleen - stomach  PAIR OF MERIDIANS 

The Spleen Meridian begins at the medial side of the big toe and comes up the inside leg, just nest to the Liver channel It goes into the torso through the groin, enters the stomach and the spleen, goes up through the diaphragm, chest and heart and ends at the root of the tongue. The Stomach Meridian begins at the nose and goes through the diaphragm, into the stomach and spleen, moves down along the top of the leg and ends at the 2nd toe

     - ELEMENT

Earth

     - FUNCTION

Reservoir for food and water, feeds the rest of the organs.

     - ENERGETIC QUALITIES

When balanced, our cycles, are in harmony. We feel earthy, sensual, full. When out of balance, we'll feel lethargy, weakness or Dullness. Our rhythms such as sleeping breathing and thinking will be off. Ulcers, anorexia, obesity, infertility, or feelings of being ungrounded are all signs of spleen chi depletion. 

     - EMOTIONAL QUALITIES

It is related to the ability to take in nourishment on all levels of the body-mind-spirit. It is associated with the world around us, an ability to be at ease wherever we are. Imbalance brings feelings of anxiety, nervousness, worry, sympathy craving, and off-centredness

     - MENTAL QUALITIES

Associated with clear thinking, a capacity to make connections and find insight. A sense of coherence, when various perceptions and ideas come together and bring accomplishment. Out of balance chi is seen by dogmatic thinking, obsessiveness and inflexibility. 

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