This March we practice 'the kriya to expand our wings'. Its physical movements open the front spine, expand the capacity of the ribcage, and invite our full capacity to breathe. The result fosters balance and expression of the fifth chakra. We increase our capacity to believe.
"The essence of the fifth chakra is faith. Having faith in someone commits a part of our energy to that person; having faith in an idea commits a part of our energy to that idea; having faith in a fear commits a part of our energy to that fear. As a result of our energy commitments, we - our minds, hearts, and lives - become woven into their consequences. Our faith and our power of choice are, in fact, the power of creation itself. We are the vessels through which energy becomes matter in this life." - Carolyn Myss, Anatomy of the Spirit
In our day-to-day motions and exertions we can slowly sink forward, compressing our front body and chronically over-lengthening our back. We build our 'core' in an effort to hold ourselves upright, but this contraction can increase the foreshortening we are battling. Right now, notice now how you are sitting, if the shoulders round in at all, if the front ribs feel heavier or lower than the back ribs.This structure is one of compliance and self-protection. Then sit tall, heart high, chin lightly drawn in. Notice your breath change, your perspective shift.
Imagine your skeleton as an inner architecture. Its elevation or descent affects our understanding of our inner shapes and thoughts. In our sequence this month, move after move, we build the freedom and the strength to rise. The breath washes into the new spaces and builds our capacity to believe - in ourselves, in the sense of something greater than ourselves providing guidance and companionship in our days.
What is within, is mirrored without.
"Our thoughts shape our spaces, but our spaces return the favour." - Steven Johnson
In the video below, Jason Silva posits that "the way to mediate our interiority is by harnessing the power of built environments - architecture." Our architects, engineers, and designers have brought their imaginations to life and surrounded us with ideas.
What if we were to consider our own form as a built environment? What if we could, by changing our posture, change our inner and outer landscape such that changes in our physiology changed our thoughts and actions to ripple out and change our interactions and perceived reality.
Jason Silva, Shots of Awe: Architecting the Mind
If we can reinterpret our interior life as an engineering project, scaffolded by the posture of our own marvelous body, then by changing our outer landscape we can engineer new ways of thinking, new ways of being. We can build an inner architecture - a temple, a cathdral, a sweat lodge - a structure where we can establish the connection we seek with the divine.
Come practice. Come explore. Come redesign your own assumptions from your very bones out into your ideas. This is the place where we expose and expand our truths. Yours are waiting.
Much love as ever,
Kundalini:: Mon noon@Fells, Tues noon@Midtown and 7pm@Columbia, Wed noon@Midtown and 7:30pm@Midtown, Thu noon@Fells, Sun 8am@FedHill (Vinyasa Sat 9:30@FedHill, Sun 6:30pm@FedHill)
We will have the sequence all through March. Always available on YouTube, playlist always public on Spotify (MAR2017)