What does energy mean for you?
Exploring Energy - Week 1
'Everything is energy and that's all there is to it.' Darryl Anka (Bashar)
He goes on to say: "Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics."
This quote has been attributed to Albert Einstein as well, but there seems to be no proof to that according to proper quote origin research - done by a website called quoteinvestigator.com.
Einstein did speak about this though, saying the same with different words: "It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing - a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind."
In our 'Yoga for the mind' opening sequence this week we will make a start to explore energy: Everything is energy & energy is everything!....
Most of us usually want more energy - and we suffer from a lack of energy because of the way we breathe, live and move, or rather not move... with body, mind, and spirit - often stuck in old patterns and the way we think, act, and feel.
Everything is energy - and Deborah King adds: Your thought begins it, your emotion amplifies it, and your action increases its momentum.
We will do a lot of backbends over this coming term, because backbends open the chest and the heart and stretch the spine, freeing stuck energy and clearing the pathways for fresh energy to enter, nurture, heal and move us. Either you love backbends - then great! - or if not - then great too, because it probably exactly is what you need and have been avoiding for some reason for some time.
Sandy Blaine says in an article for Yoga International: "Backbends are associated with....expansion, growth, and embracing life. They are often referred to as 'heart-opening poses' and...expand both breath capacity and emotional openness as more space opens in the chest....(and) with practice, backbends create great freedom of movement and breath.
"Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics." Darryl Anka (Bashar)
The benefits of backbends include
• improved spinal movement and alignment
• strong and healthy back muscles
• an increased range of motion in hip and shoulder joints
• release of neck and shoulder tension
• increased freedom and volume of breath
• improved function of the abdominal organs, including better digestion
• more energy
• enhanced mental alertness
...in backbends, the whole back of the body works to open the front, creating stronger back muscles along with ease of movement in the spine. In addition, opening the lungs allows them to deliver more oxygen to the body, thus nourishing and energizing the cells. As the spine becomes more supple, the back stronger, and the lungs able to open more fully and easily, the body is rejuvenated, becoming energized and youthful.
Beyond the practical health benefits, Asanas (Yoga postures) are also a tool for self-investigation. Asana can provide a laboratory for this exploration, and looking at how you respond to more challenging postures can be a profound learning experience, both physically and mentally. Whether it is asana or any other aspect of yoga, practice is about growth. If you do only what you like, you don’t change and grow. But if you do only what’s difficult, you won’t have much joy. (Yoga) Practice should foster both - joy and growth; it’s the combination that will motivate your continued practice."