I grew up on Sydney's beaches, my Dad once a surf-lifesaver. Its sandstone-and-liquid landscape is etched in my tissues, a cellular memory in bone and body-fluid.
As we encounter that which surrounds us, allowing it to touch us, we discover its visceral, felt reflection within our own corporeal terrain; a continuum of the inner and outer geographies of the Body. A living resonance.
An embodied ecology.
Of river and delta and internal waterways. Of unfurling, reaching rainforest of lung; etching of bone-rock and tracery of lichen-nerve.
The body. As felt, known, poetic place. Through image, word, and embodied practice.
Yoga for Scoliosis
'Stand up straight' she tells me for the umpteenth time, pins hanging out of her mouth. I look in the mirror in front of me, the fabric of my dance costume draped over my body, all a-swirl.
I look straight to me....or do I?
'I am, Mum'....
I am 13 years old.
Your spine is a long curving river. In scoliosis, and indeed, in all spinal terrains, it is important to sense the course of the river, the riverbanks, the surrounding country. To encounter the inflow of the tributaries of the limbs, and observe their impact on the course of the river-spine.
The tumbling calligraphy of your strong, fluid spine.
I'm sitting on Santy's knee pre Christmas in the local department store. In awe of this Great Being. He asks me a question. A pivotal question, as it turns out. What do you want?
Time suspends, and unravels. Decades later, the same experience. I walk into a room to begin a long journey of Spiritual Trainings. This echo of piercing question; What do you want!
As a small child, my mother used to say to me, 'you can't have what you want, you know, just because you want it'. Bafflement. You can in my universe, I thought!
And you can. Yes. You can! You are a creator. And you are choice. Luminous, potent, powerful Choice. You are Transformation - and it's ongoing.
Meditation? Is listening to the resonance you are. Your direct encounter with all that is.
Experience the best of many worlds in wonder-filled exploration of your embodied consciousness - through lucent image, the deep ecology of your anatomy, within the communion of yoga, and, through your potent Transformation at Source.
Your magnificence, held in spaciousness. A Benediction.
About Narelle Carter-Quinlan
Narelle Carter-Quinlan is a global leading exponent on yoga for scoliosis and embodied spinal anatomy, based in Brisbane, Australia. An anatomist by academic, experiential and yes, cadaveric training, her unique body of work integrates the practice of yoga with the embodiment of your anatomy and embryology.
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