Even as life begins immediately following fertilization of the human egg, movement begins pre-vertebral as cells pulsate while yet undifferentiated. And with each individual signature of pulsation of each new cell, a sensory motor nerve will pick up on its potential, and apparently looking for just the right pulsations will identify the cell’s pattern of potential growth. It may “chose” or “be chosen” to join other cells in becoming a lung or an eye or a bone of the developing fetus. Movement continues to inform differentiations post birth as well, as physical sensing adds awareness of the surrounding external environment into the differentiation process: substances, sensory signatures, weight and the forming of consciousness. Each signature of corporeal movement further pushes the growth development of the central nervous system not only in the human species but in all creatures with their corresponding and resultant consciousness of being an entity unto itself. While consciousness follows awareness; awareness follows the paths of vibrational signatures and the nervous system. Nerve systems evolved before the development of the spine some 600 million years ago, but the hard structure of the spine gave the nervous systems’ evolution great impetus.
Movement began, as life did, in fluid. Although after the earth’s first turbulent years of formation the hot fluid was viscous, chemical and mineral baths cradled archaea and its inherent RNA. Great expansive shallow stretches of mud covered the earth. Fossils have revealed some complex forms of life beyond the single-cell and amoeba as spherical and their movement was like that of the undulating jellyfish. There were also simple cylindrical organisms which burrowed into the soft muddy sediment with musculature in concentric circles. A sea pen with circular motion. From little more than 600 million years ago to 545 million years there has been no evidence that any early life had hard mineralized structures, they were all soft-body organisms.
Increasing oxygen levels meant new evolution in oxygen scavenging and storage to certain parts of a body, the usage of fluids to carry oxygen through a body, the acquisition of mineralization capabilities which some say gave rise to predation. The organism spriggina was an early evolutionary step in body mineralization as it developed a bilaterally symmetrical body plan. The prolific trilobite soon developed around 545 million years ago with a cross-sectional body plan and the first species on earth to develop a spine. The trilobite is worthy of respect as it was the most successful of all creatures living longer than any other on earth so far, over 50 million years.
I mention these early organisms, their body plans and their movements as foundational to the introduction of primordial yoga. Not only is there life in movement, but movement in life. . Not only is movement healthy for the very fluidity of the body and its structural counterparts but brings awareness to the evolutionary paths of movement, deepening the expressive experience.