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A pattern language of yoga (early draft)

  1. 1. Yoga :: a Pattern Language introduction presented by Frances Rose culturalengine.wordpress.com Attendees will gain: - a basic understanding of pattern languages - a basic, broad, yet deep understanding of the practice of yoga (the essentials, its essence) - an empowered desire to go home & practice -- (accessible, nourishing, self-care for all) - an ability to enter any yoga class with a heightened understanding of what is being asked for -- & an increased ability to participate safely - a safe framework in which to cultivate a deeper practice, more quickly. For whom: This workshop is intended for persons with an interest in yoga -- an existing yoga practice or those carrying an intent to start practicing. Thursday, June 13, 13
  2. 2. gratitude for this practice of yoga in my life for the countless brilliant teachers that have fired this practice for millenia & to the subcontinent of India Thursday, June 13, 13
  3. 3. about me i practice & teach yoga as a practice of union -- one that merges people to place, breath to spirit, body to soul, people to earth, people within, & each other my calling in life seems to be sharing practices of union across scale & medium -- & especially it seems, union to self, community, & earth Thursday, June 13, 13
  4. 4. (what is) a pattern language? essential formulas. a thing’s DNA. that from which forms emerge. a whole system that yields infinite diversity. a language of patterns rather than words. patterns are the units of the language. each pattern describes a core facet of a prime solution. Thursday, June 13, 13
  5. 5. how does one use a pattern language? we deepen any practice by building healthy ecologies of patterns within a language Thursday, June 13, 13
  6. 6. using a pattern language patterns are combined with one another to create a deeper, or more effective, form or expression. flow of use (generally) runs from patterns to details (from larger to smaller) freely navigate between, among & beyond the patterns Thursday, June 13, 13
  7. 7. framing yoga a practice. a personal practice. a community practice. an ancient practice. a practice of balance Thursday, June 13, 13
  8. 8. framing yoga the body is a temple -- treat it accordingly body position as a form of prayer Thursday, June 13, 13
  9. 9. framing yoga the journey continues & deepens forever we direct our work & our energies toward benefaction radical, transcendent self- & universal love a union of opposing forces Thursday, June 13, 13
  10. 10. as a path to spiritual wisdom.. Yoga is... ..the yoking of all the powers of the body, mind & soul to the Divine. .. a means to discipline the intellect, the mind, emotions, & will. .. a poise of the soul which enables one to look at life in all aspects evenly. .. the true union of our will with that of the Divine. Thursday, June 13, 13
  11. 11. as a path to spiritual wisdom.. The work alone is our privilege -- never the fruits thereof. Work in the name of the Lord. Abandon selfish desires. Be not affected by success or failure. This equipoise is called yoga. - from the Bhagavad Gita Thursday, June 13, 13
  12. 12. two essentials (for me) surrender. surrender. surrender. to Earth. to the practice. to oneself. to one another. you remain the only one ultimately responsible for your body. Thursday, June 13, 13
  13. 13. guidelines no pain, no hurt do try to distinguish between psychosomatic & physical pain lift yourself up while practicing... avoid sagging. carry a goal of togetherness & balanced support. flexibility comes. yoga is about engagement & opening & release. create space in your body. (don't hang out where you’re flexible -- engage & lift) Thursday, June 13, 13
  14. 14. guidelines getting out of the pose is as much the pose as the pose. adjust & re-adjust (& then be there). bring your practice with you off the mat. & remember (y)our body is interconnected Thursday, June 13, 13
  15. 15. asanas means ‘steady & balanced’. not a posture assumed mechanically. there's a soul force energy that drives the experience. it finds your unique expression of that form in that moment. allow the pose to do you. Thursday, June 13, 13
  16. 16. the patterns spirit mind body breath Thursday, June 13, 13
  17. 17. breath first, breathe. then deepen the breath. ujayi breath. pause between breaths. (when the breath goes, so does the practice). Thursday, June 13, 13
  18. 18. body root through the 4 corners of the feet (or hands) navel toward spine tuck the tail chin slightly down engage the core shoulders up, back, & down Thursday, June 13, 13
  19. 19. spirit there's a soul force energy that drives the experience & finds your unique expression of any form in any moment. spirit moves. spirit guides. Thursday, June 13, 13
  20. 20. mind just the breath. thanks. Thursday, June 13, 13
  21. 21. balance cultivate balance start with your less dominant side -- or hold those poses longer or sit cross-legged with your opposite leg on top (or with your less common form of clasped hands) balance in the body brings balance to the mind & emotion Thursday, June 13, 13
  22. 22. spirals infinitely nesting spirals follow the spirals. follow them out beyond your body. & reverse their directions as you change planes or dimensions. Thursday, June 13, 13
  23. 23. increasing ever more deeply... .. the breath .. the pose .. the duration .. the focus .. the ease Thursday, June 13, 13
  24. 24. returning ever more deeply... that pose you were just in... .. do the other side .. & then return to it .. again & again .. the body remembers & teaches Thursday, June 13, 13
  25. 25. adjust & readjust breathe yourself more deeply into the pose use whatever alignment points you know little by little. closer & closer. Thursday, June 13, 13
  26. 26. union of opposites if something feels off in the body, ask yourself where is its other side? we go up to go down work from core out -- & from the outside in Thursday, June 13, 13
  27. 27. round trips pairs with ‘union of opposites’ & ‘a gentle ricochet’ Thursday, June 13, 13
  28. 28. a gentle ricochet go further than you need to, then come back the waves of going & coming.. action & reaction after a twist come back to neutral & beyond there is a bounce. a very gentle ricochet. Thursday, June 13, 13
  29. 29. use the body use fingers & hands to - hook, move, anchor, direct, tap, turn, massage, twist, listen, paint, follow, & guide mouth make sounds that deepen your practice. release through sound. Thursday, June 13, 13
  30. 30. ... & props adding external resistance to these postures opens more doorways through which we may understand the practice you may find the opening of your life with a boulder underfoot... or up in a tree, in a garden, or in a lazy boy chair clothes as prop a loose skirt can be drawn gently around the body infinitely in a twist, adjusting the body as if it were pulling an infinite string. remember to breathe. or it could look like a pant leg helping to hold a spiral Thursday, June 13, 13
  31. 31. a class practice. a ‘sangha’. - choose styles & teachers you love. - one class a week? awesome. try two. - two classes a week? awesome. try three. - four classes a week? awesome. here, you may fly. a daily practice unlimited monthlies in Philly go for around $100. try it. invest. added bonus if you divert those same funds from an unhealthy habit now into yoga - a whole new world. Thursday, June 13, 13
  32. 32. let the living soil hold it grow a deeper, shared yogic culture the more of us with shared passion & wisdom in common, the more it serves our larger communities of practice Thursday, June 13, 13
  33. 33. home practice strategies - warm the core. then the hips. work your way out from the center -- & then work from the tips back - remember the core -- & communities of practice - practice awareness of stronger & weaker sides. work to balance them. - a class practice feeds a home practice feeds a class practice - restoration - consider yoga pose polycultures - combinations of asanas that deepen the practice by feeding one another Thursday, June 13, 13
  34. 34. help is underneath you earth-supported postures you may find the opening of your life with a rock underfoot use the support of the earth to lighten your load. ease the pressure put upon the muscles & bones. relax into your breath & the postures. Thursday, June 13, 13
  35. 35. (the greatest, easiest) home practice: legs up the wall (can be done in bed. & under a blanket!) legs straight up legs wide legs butterflied legs pigeoned roll over twist Thursday, June 13, 13
  36. 36. a daily practice do one pose 'my practice is complete for the day' (distinct from 'i didn't practice today') a home practice feeds a class practice feeds a home practice Thursday, June 13, 13
  37. 37. metaphysical polyculture yoga postures with what…?? - music - sitting - reading - talking - eating - loving - sleeping - note-taking - what else? - how many at once? - & which combinations work particularly well for you? Thursday, June 13, 13
  38. 38. your body is a garden & a universe feed it earth, air, water & fire Thursday, June 13, 13
  39. 39. stay in yoga poses How long to stay in the postures? generally, stay in yoga poses &, i carry a personal goal of 3 ‘i want to come out’ once twice thrice - out - Thursday, June 13, 13
  40. 40. healing injuries go slow & listen to your body strengthen areas around the injured area patience, breath & compassion breathe Thursday, June 13, 13
  41. 41. sivasana returning to a new self & a new body. acknowledging change & transformation. & giving that experience both time, & subtle attention (try sleeping in it) Thursday, June 13, 13
  42. 42. om aaaaaa uuuuu mmmmmm creation sound of the universe the sound of the universe (finding itself) imagine the sound traveling up your chakras, growing from the root up through & out your crown Thursday, June 13, 13
  43. 43. meditation the knower, the knowledge, & the known become one Thursday, June 13, 13
  44. 44. two simple meditations begin with a deep inhale.... & then: * exhale * * surrender * * inhale * * exhale * * release * * inhale * Thursday, June 13, 13 * gratitude * * return *
  45. 45. paired in the body with the... * exhale * * surrender * * feet * * inhale * * heart * * exhale * * release * * crown * * inhale * Thursday, June 13, 13 * gratitude * * return * * 3rd eye *
  46. 46. & flowing into... * exhale * * ease * * inhale * * patience * * exhale * * trust * * inhale * * allowance * Thursday, June 13, 13
  47. 47. our practice today breath roll arms & head tadasana arms wide arms up standing twists om Thursday, June 13, 13
  48. 48. feedback yoga is an exchange of energies & forces. offer teachers accounts of your experience in their class. this grows the practice & the exchange. i strive to improve the display of this information. do you have constructive ideas to share? frances.subbiondo@gmail.com Thursday, June 13, 13
  49. 49. thank you & namasté (the light in me bows to & honors the light within you) culturalengine.wordpress.com www.slideshare.net/FrancesPlectranthus Thursday, June 13, 13