AUDIO for you; One of the greatest challenges in standing within a scoliotic landscape is sensing your inner terrain. Sensing your spine. Its bony architecture, its festoonery of ligaments, its constantly communing and resolving dialogue of sensate and speaking muscle. Sensing the path of your spine through your midline, a circuitous axis.Read More
Courage. It's an interesting concept. Except it isn't a concept of course, is it. It's an experience. And a choice. I am afraid of big waves. Ok, terror ice-drips through me when they're over 4 feet high. My ex surf-lifesaver Dad laughs, 'it's only water, it can't hurt you, you know'. But, it can. Balanced on a board, screaming (literally) down the rushing slope of green-muscle-water, is no time to panic. Or to decide it's a good time to jump off the boardRead More
He walks about four feet in front of me, weathered simian hands grabbing thin rainforest tree trunks, shaking them. He pauses, looks around, smells. I'm aware of those hands on the tree skin, not really separate from the lichen and bark, such is the communion, the Oneness of the gesture. His hands. The trees. He's listening to the Land.Read More
Sensing the Spine is available as an AUDIO.
You might want to stand in front of a wall for this standing meditation, using your fingertips on the wall for balance, with your eyes softly closed a little, able to peep easily through your eyelashes.
Stand with the soles of your feet on the ground...The skin of the soles of your feet whispering your history here...prayerful, reverent, in conversation with the earth. Listening. in intimate communion.Read More
I see this term a lot. I hear it echoed in new students who step in to explore yoga and their scoliosis, with me. "I did my exercises", they might say to me as we begin a new session.
The truth of the undertaking, this yoga for scoliosis exploration, is far, far deeper. More raw and more foundational. Indeed, more honest. For what is required is a fundamental shift from the mindset of "I do this set of moves and it gives me this result", to one of curiosity, and partnership with one's body and other aspects of one's psyche. Yoga.Read More
'This time, stand up even quicker', he tells me. This young golden-face teaching me to surf. He's bronze dandelion fluff on a board. Okay; stand up faster. Got it.
For the past five and a half decades, 'standing up quicker', I've lived in my feet. Finely articulate, sensate structures, reading the yoga mat, or the dance floor. Agile, responsive. On steady, stable ground, that is.
Except. Now, said ground is moving.Read More
This week I went to the Lake. Daily. As a practice. Not simply walking around it (although, this, I did), nor sitting chatting to the water dragons (yep, communion), but taking images, in all lights. Morning. Evening. By cloudlight and moonlight and streetlight. Trees skins, like weathered maps whispering their histories, water patterns. And an egret.Read More
For a long time now I have wanted to offer you something of the communion I experience in the Body-Land. Blessed, I found a web designer who invited me into 'co-creation' (her words). I had never thought of web-design as co-creation. Never dared (risked!) to share my precious vision with another in the vulnerable space of allowing them to (gasp!) participate in the process with me.
I took a first step,Read More