The contents of our container... “The organs have volume and weight and fill the area within the torso and skull. They give fullness and presence to the body and its movement.”* — Linda Hartley
Attuning to our organs, understanding organ function, and practicing Yoga with organ awareness can be a life long and nourishing study. For over two thousand years yogis and yoginis have dived deep into the subtlest body functioning, self-studying our living breathing bodies. Yoga asana was formed from this internal ‘research’ as well from observing nature promoting the health and vitality of the whole being.
Yoga asana is about ‘feeling good’ more than it will ever be about ‘looking good’. Moving from the inside out... Through practice we can become more sensitive of our organ health. Organs are the underlying support for the muscular-skeletal system. Therefore, initiating movement and practice from the organs can effectively support our muscles and bones. Rather than alignment based on positioning the body from what it ‘looks’ like, we develop the ability and sensitivity to organize our practice so that form organically unfolds.
“The tone of the organs establishes the basic postural tone of our skeletal muscles. This tone and how the organs initiate and sequence through the inner spaces of the bodies provide an internal organization that contributes to the patterning of our muscular co-ordination.”** — Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
In teaching and Yoga, the more we perceive, ‘inhabit’, and initiate movement and personal practice from the organs the more we can perceive and sense in our students.
Learning Outcomes ● Enhanced awareness of organs. ● Enhanced quality of sequential flow. ● Enhanced quality of alignment. ● Develop clear agreement and mutual support of organs and muscular-skeletal systems. ● Understand experientially the Parasympathetic response, which supports organ function. ● Understanding of key organ pathways and be able to form asana from the organs.