Wednesday, June 9, 2010

balanced action, newtons third law of physics

(I have been organizing my yoga documents on my computer and I have discovered a few blogs that I never posted)
Balanced Action and newtons third law of physics
Balanced action reminds me of Newton’s Third Law of Physics: "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction".

Every yoga pose is like an experiment. Sometime the experiment goes well, sometime not so much. No matter how the experiment goes can we still bring a soft, playful and compassionate presence.

There is a big difference between action and leaning. When you use action, you push and cause the body to integrate, hugging into the mid line. When you lean you put weight onto a limb, which causes a collapse in the body. When you have an action, when you hug in, you will automatically get a reaction, a lift in another part of the body. Finding this out in yoga is groovy. This gives you yet another aspect of your experience to anchor your attention to. Helping you to be aware of your yoga = “yoking”, marrying the poses together in such a way to bring about a revelation, of connecting to your blissful essence, of aligning your body, mind, and spirit with the divine.

According to Newton’s Third Law of Physics "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction". This scientific fact is great to keep in mind as we conduct our asanas. We can monitor the quality of our experiments by being aware of the opposite reaction. Since the opposite reaction is present it means we are performing our action properly

1.Anjaniasana: In our lunge we want to be pressing the ball of the back foot down into the matt and forward so much that the back thigh floats up slightly (femur bones back).
2.Plank: In plank we have two actions that cause two reactions. First the hands push into the floor so firmly that the chest lifts and secondly the balls of the feet press forward and down so the thighs lift.
3.Parvrita Utkatasana: Twisting chair pose, let’s say we are hooking are left elbow to the outside or our right knee and we bring our hands to anjali mudra. You want to tuck the tail bone slightly to the kidneys lift, and you want to press the elbow into the thigh so firmly that the ribs move away from the thighs and the left side of the belly moves more toward the right.
4.Bakasana: Three actions and three reactions. First, you are pressing into the floor so firmly the chest lifts. Second, you squeeze the elbows toward each other so the mid belly lifts. Lastly, you press the knees into the arms and hug into the midline so that the low back lifts.

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