What I learned about my organs.

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Student Revelations | 0 comments

What I learned about my organs.

Student Janet Files reflects on our 500 Hour Teacher Training weekend, Yoga and the Organic Body. You will find some good food for thought to support you in your practice. Here Ryan is pictured in Janet’s new favorite pose… A twist!

Thank You Janet!

Reflections on yoga weekend, March 14, 2014: Yoga and the Organic Body

The weekend on Yoga and the Organic Body made a deep impression on me.  I gained a better understanding of how the Divine Geometry of yoga moves all of the body from the outside to deeply within to benefit all of our systems. I knew this from reading but the experience of the weekend helped me believe it in my body as the new focus on the organic body was worked into our practice and our instruction.  The image of the outer skin moving inward to muscles and bones and finally to the organs means that as I am doing the poses I think of how it moves me from the outer to the inner.  It added depth to how I consider my sequences. When Lillah said that the muscles like to extend and contract but the organs like to be squeezed and released like a wet cloth being squeezed out it has made me never want to skip twists in my own as well as my class sequences.  The rejuvenation to the endocrine system as the organic body is considered in the various poses helps me understand why we feel ease and equipoise after a good practice…as well as the need to drink copious quantities of water.  I want to remember that besides being generally good for detoxing, twists help the pancreatic function and lower your need for insulin.  Also, that going upside down, especially in headstand is good for the pituitary system. Inversions are also great for the liver, the thyroid, parathyroid and gall bladder.  During allergy season this helps reduce histamine responses. Also very aware now that the liver is on the right side and the heart more to the left side…and the three corners of the abdominal “square” of the ascending and descending colon.

The sequences for Sarvangasana and the twist sequences we went over in training were very helpful.  I felt that my Sarvangasana Apex pose this month was grounded by the preparation and I was not afraid to teach it as well as make adjustments for my students.  The twists are my new passion.  I loved knowing I could help my students know that twists after being sick help them recover more quickly adding to the detox

I also went away with the knowledge that the skin can help us be sensitive to when we are pinching a tube.  If it feels pinched we know we are shutting down a tube –tubes are evident in the body in terms of arteries and veins, tendons, etc but also in terms of the “tubes” of energy.  I like telling my students that if they feel a pinch they need to adjust so they don’t close down the channels of energy flow…it makes a richer impression than just telling them they are closing down their muscles or joints and it helps them be more sensitive and self-aware.  It helps me first so I know in my own body what this feels like.  I am also gaining more understanding in my own practice of the importance of mula bandha for all of my poses. Milli and Lillah are always reminding me to lift it in my poses.  Not a habit yet but more awareness is growing.  It adds integrity and a level of awareness that seems to flow to all the parts of my body when I can find it.  Teaching it to my mature beginners is a process—beginning with the pelvic clock first.

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