At this juncture, I feel a pause here is prudent to relay a baseline focus in Primordial yogic Movement. PYM is based on the yin-yang or hatha – sun/moon principle. The principle is as elemental to the practice as grounding is to one’s stability and it is a foundational constituent to understanding the felt integrity in movement. So prior to discussing the movement of cilia and cell flagellum…a word about juxtaposition and contrast.
Just as there is birth and death, cause and effect, night and day, slowing and acceleration; convergences occur where two differing energetic forces meet coming together. It is where land meets the ocean, where nudge becomes shove, where solid becomes liquid and liquid becomes gas, where the end is also a beginning; it is the edge of conjunction, the point of climax, and present in the meaning of two hands clapping and where oxymoron(s) play intent. Juxtapositions and contrasts are especially important in PYM because of structure. Ours, that is.
Structured strength in humans resides primarily in the integration of the symmetrical cross-joining of peripheral limbs proportionately girdled on a flexible spine. A truly enhanced biologically functional design. The ligaments and tendons serve to support the bonnie bony frame and all the apparent limbs and appendages in an auxiliary stabilization system of construction. Ligament and tendon connective tissues are denser, stronger, more rigid, less flexible and less fluid than other tissues in the body. They connect bone to bone and muscle to bone, they help hold us up, stabilize, initiate movement and support muscle movement. We can keep them healthy and happy with appropriate stretch and keeping them fluid is important in their longevity.
The human skeleton moves through the joints. Joints are points of juxtaposition affecting balance and strength in the body. Joints and their connective tissues are reinforced in length, flex and strength in Star Series, a part of PYM. it’s important. For example, from the fingertips to the mid back fulcrum and down to the pelvic girdle measured by the weight/strength in the legs creates a juxtaposition felt and tempered by the firmness in strength of the abdominal mid-section. Of course, each of us is structured uniquely, having our own individual genetic signature of proportion and design. But given what we have — joints that bend with their form in length, breath, and condition… no matter what the proportions are — we may firm or stretch them to find inner balancing. It is work to equalize the contrasts within them, explore and strengthen the crux of the fulcrums, and feel the energetic juxtapositions in Star Series. The Series is wholly explored in the land portion of PYM but is mentioned here because of the fact that more personal structural awareness may facilitate the buoyancy in water movements. An integral aspect of physical health is the movement and Integration of the limbs, including direct pelvic girdle to shoulder girdle strength and functioning, no matter what their current configuration, condition and function may be.
Leonardo Da Vinci first gave this some thought in his drawing of the Vitruvian Man. A man whose frontal figure Da Vinci sketched in perfect form and dimension angled as a star in a circle. The male ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the inner thighs are equal in balance (musculature and proportion) to the outer thighs and equally up to the pelvis. The shoulders are held in balance to the strength, structure and form of the supporting back with the spine floating the vertebrae disks in easeful alignment, supported and balanced in the pelvic girdle. It is a pleasing star design but there are many to find, juxtapose and equalize within each of us.
In water, to control the balance of our structural complexity and to fine tune buoyancy — being mindful of multi-level contrasts and bi-, tri- and quadrilateral angulated movements is quite useful.
Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday season and the peace of inner and outer harmony in 2015,