Yoga: Compass Pose Variation


posted on 24th of march, 2008

"Three thousand years ago yoga started with one meditative pose, Easy Lotus. The word asana originally meant "meditative posture". Then the masters introduced Cobra Pose to keep the spine flexible. In their quest for physical health they developed the eight most important poses to insure the health of the body and the glands. From there it grew. Even today dozens of new poses are created each year by true yogis all over the world. There are many different schools, each with their own variations, but basically all yoga comes from the same set of classic asanas. In the 35 years I have been teaching I have developed many poses, but in yoga no one puts his or her name on a pose because in reality I didn't do anything. I am just a body through which intuition has passed. "

Dharma Mittra




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It seems strange to think that by opening the body one opens the mind. With asana practice you're playing at your edge, both physically, and psychologically. I think that is one of the reasons yoga is so exciting to me. You use your body as a medium to grapple physically with your brain, your thoughts, your entropy, your fear. You don't always have to think things through. Your story is all there contained in your tissues. It's so close, so intimate...and then you begin to open up, and lighten up. The stories are released from the fibers of your being, literally. And it makes a difference. You feel alive. Clean fresh energy flows through you flushing out petrifying conditions you may have thought were you.

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This Image "Yoga Compass Pose Variation" Elena Ray Copyright 2008. Corie Angel in yoga posture variation of Compass or Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana. Scan of alternative photography print : Pigment Ink on Ink Aid coated acrylic treated watercolor paper.

Comments (1)

Posted by Elenaray on March 31, 2008
Sophie,
The original image was a digital file taken with my D200 with a Lensbaby. The print was acrylic paint on a watercolor paper then that was treated with Ink Aid and then I put that substrate through my pigment ink printer for the final result.
e.



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