No, I’m not talking home made apple pie and ice cream, or Little House on the Prairie
(for those of you old enough to remember!),
I am talking whole body, physical integration…but that doesn’t make for a very good headline really.
Even if you don’t do yoga (well not yet anyway), keep reading, as I am just using yoga foundational work as a springboard to my point, which will help you to help yourselves everyday.
Take a look at this downward dog – there is a lot going on
Choose any pose and you will have the same processes occurring.
We coordinate all the different parts of the body so they work, in concert, together.
We become exponentially more powerful when the whole body
works in unison, rather than when we isolate a muscle or a muscle group.
If we forget the foundations of a pose, we are more likely to compromise our body in some way.
In down dog, if we don’t engage the hands, we will collapse in the arms, shoulder, core… it becomes a domino effect.
If we apply awareness, physical integration, connection, and feel our way into the pose,
using our breath to open up space within the body, to move more deeply into the poses,
we become the sum of many parts.
In yoga it is mountain pose, but it could just be us standing in line at the Telstra shop,
or the women’s loo (because we are ALWAYS in a line up there).
There is a lot going on (or should be) just to support our skeletal frame....to stand up tall.
I know, I am at risk of sounding like your grandmother. BUT...
all of us complain about neck, back, shoulder, hip issues.
How about next time you find yourself standing in line somewhere, see if you can ‘build’ yourself
from the ground up, to support yourselves and give you strength from the inside out.
Just as in down dog, if we don’t have the foundations, even in standing, we will
compromise our bodies in some way and it will manifest in physical aches and pains.
So allow all the pieces of your body to work together on a daily basis,
and get a bit of wholesomeness into your life!