- Hello, everyone,
I'm forwarding on a few musings
that were posted to a yoga group.
This explains the slightly off-topicness
of the content, but I'll forward it
nonetheless, as it does align itself with
processes of meditation.
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Does anyone know of any 3, 4, and 5
syllable chants that I might use to
pace off swim strokes? 3 syllables,
in particular, would be helpful.
Yesterday, I went swimming for the
first time in years and
found that, with asana and short
evening walks with the dogs as my
only physical exercise during that time,
I could hop right in and swim as
though I make a regular practice
of lap swimming! It struck me as
evidence of how powerful yoga can
be as regards cardiovascular fitness.
I am sure the practice in coordinating
movement with the breath translates
easily, as well.
It is so lovely and quiet under water,
and swimming can be so meditative.
The difference of feeling in the joints
and through the body is also striking -
there must be a way to bring some of the
comfortable fluidity of swimming into
a yoga practice. Of course, one is
'weightless' and the other deals directly
One of the most striking things about
swimming is that one slides along the
edge of a wave in order to move forward...
forcing flat through the surface of a wave
requires more energy and means struggle.
Swimming requires learning how to use
one's body to direct the surface of a wave
around and past one's body, such that the
movement of the surface of the wave propels
It seems, a parallel to this might be
found in asana - that it is possible to
wait and feel for the right circumstances,
the welling of a wave of energy, and then
to skillfully engage that arising wave of
energy with joints and extensions, in order
to direct that wave through to the tips of
the body. This reminds me of the bhandas
or locks, and their role energetically -
they really are something like waterway
At any rate, just as waves come one after
another in bodies of water, waves come one
after another through our bodies... so,
it is possible to ride the original
wave out to the tips of the body, but as
that wave is followed by another and another,
it is possible to allow a waves to unfold through
the tips as one drops back down onto subsequent
waves, building the foundation of the pose
again and again, as one might roll out dough,
gradually moving towards the tips with each
Building the asana in this way
is akin to the way a seashore is altered by
oceanwaves. A few particles of sand at a time,
with total ease and relaxation, with one's
right energy, within right time and right space,
as if scripted by some eternal playwrite.
Have you ever found yourself absorbed in
watching the ocean waves come in and out?
Your I-thoughts are suspended, your body
has a physiological response (active engagement)
with the movement of the ocean and seashore,
of which you feel a part. That sort of absorption
is the absorption one can find in the practice of asana...
I write of the practice of asana, but this process
of listening for the wave and riding it and subsequent
waves to remake our internal/external seashores is a process
that can be seen to be available in many aspects of
our lives, including other yogic practices.
I welcome your thoughts on the above, and also
any tips on chants of various syllables...
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