Pranayama technique #2

Undulations

Keep yourself in centre  and take the hands on the knees so you establish a good fit that will move current. Hands are shaped as mitts, knees are shaped as balls, and the minute you fit the ball and mitt you are playing gender. If your hands don’t fit your knees because you are too high, grab the thigh or the heel. It doesn’t matter what you leverage, what matters is that you make effort. Eventually everything will fit. With your hands on your knees you are playing the ability to handle situations in the hands with the substantiation of the legs, equally stable and able. Engage the mind to put yourself in centre, direct the personal drive and then move it all with the breath. The inhale opens up the space from chin to pubis, the exhale opens the space from coccyx to head. Match your ability, your stability and your vision, then undulate. Move it back and forth. 

The lower body is the primal desire. Primal doesn’t mean primitive, it just means at the very base of your being, it is your support. Undulating the lower body makes the pelvis as pliable as the mind is. The pubis sniffs the earth below you and sniffs out the situation on ground before you sniff out the situation in the atmosphere above you. The dialogue of the third foot is pubis to anus, with the arch of the foot matching the arch of the groin. The anus is the back door of the mouth and the mouth is your tongue, your heart, your ability to speak and be fluent with your words. The anus is to get your trash out. Rolling back and forth develops a dialogue of speaking your heart while getting your garbage out. The art is in endurance, how long you can sustain the movement using the proper technique and speed. Learn to kick yourself below so it opens you up above. Always know that where you go is where you’re good. Where you don’t go is where you don’t have as much insight. Go somewhere new.

Use the rocking to generate heat in the groins. You always want to heat ourself up from the basement, beginning at one’s primal level of being so that the heat rises up. The first main gland we work with is the reproductive organs. It is the ability to strike a match, create a fire and generate heat. Heat ignites; it initiates conversation. There are three things are needed to create a fire: oxygen, spark and fuel, then constant attention so the fire doesn’t go out. The breath is the oxygen for the fire, the mind is the fuel that is driving the fire and the friction of rocking back and forth is to ignite. After that it is all about constant vigilance, constant attention to maintain the fire, knowing that if it gets too hot it will be burn down your house down yet if there is too much moisture, it will go out. Rocking back and forth lets you play with not only your heat, but also your fluency. Your underground waters will heat up and create steam, this steam then moves through your heart so your heart doesn’t become overheated. The first dialogue is fire and water, north and south, effort and grace. 

Keep using the breath and keep the mind fixated. Keep the rhythm fluid and moving. When learning a new skill there will always be a constant amount of effort required to learn technique, to not be personal, to do the work, to achieve the goals you set. If you make enough effort it will soon be all about the grace. Make graceless effort; find the effortless grace. The grace will always rain down, you just have to keep yourself open and available to catch it. Maintain the imagery that you are an open vessel, an open container that has the capacity to be filled and emptied. In this way, you won’t get stuck in your personal story, thinking that it is hard, that you can’t do it. Instead, rid yourself of your personal opinions and prejudices and remain formal while working to transcend the personal limitations within the confines of form.

After you have done this rocking for a few minutes begin to switch to a circular motion which will set up the “drain” for the kidneys, one’s toilets. When you start to spin around yourself image that the spine is a spoon, while the pelvis is a pot. Stir the spine in the pot to move the water, so as to create more fluency and fluidity within the body. First you played with the heat of going back and forth, now you want to ensure that the fire you started doesn’t grow out of control. Move all around yourself so you train yourself to move around obstacles. Everything in nature is circulatory, only the mind is linear; move the body in a way that begins to emulate nature’s cycles. A stir in time would be clockwise, the perennial spin of the seasons. A stir counterclockwise would be the spin of baseball, from home base, to first, to second, to third and back to home. You are training yourself to play the game within the realm of time. Draw the lines with the intellect and circle the lines as nature intended. Repeat a few times in both directions.

Go back and forth between rocking and circling until your lower body is so pliant that all stagnancy and rigidity has left. After you have had enough, finish with a full inhale and then exhale to release, to let go, to librate your spirit from the confines of form. 

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