Mineral and fossilized evidence of biological life on the planet tell us that bacteria proliferated and evolved for billions of years before the first multi-cellular life appeared. This is corroborated by all that is living and dying as there is bacterial symbiosis in every living cell. In fact, there are more bacteria residing in the human body than there are cells.
In a recent article on microbial movement in fluidity (see below), scientists are learning just how creative and adaptable bacteria are at getting around. It’s quite different for the wee ones…size matters when submerged in a fluid environment. For a bacterial microbe even clear water is thick, heavy and viscous. For example, if we were the size of a microbe, water would feel like heavy sticky goo – conventional swimming would be impossible. So how do they move in it?
Inventive and resourceful they spin, undulate, twist, twitch, skitter, push, pull, corkscrew and spring (sort of) utilizing out-growth appendages which could be considered feet, grappling hooks, tails and hair to push past water. Impressive, huh? Primordial yogic movement has lots to choose from at the outset of evolution by beginning at the beginning.
The PYM aquatic practice begins where life began… in water. The movements are initiated by consciously engaging liquid to rediscover the life-giving nature of our precious abundant water.
The very presence of water on earth is the result of a fragile balance with the planet’s atmosphere, size, and distance from the sun. Our sun star generates enough heat to melt the planet’s ice which creates and regulates rivers to flow through continental land masses but is not so close as to boil it skyward. This is also in balance with chemical make-up of the our atmosphere (CO²). Size matters for if the earth were too small it wouldn’t have the gravitational pull to hold in an atmosphere and would lose gases and water as vapor out into space.
For all of life our earth is simply perfect to stage a myriad of ecosystems to nurture copious lifeforms.
Swim with me,
Jabr, F., Assoc.Editor, Scientific American: /August 2013