Allow me introduce you to my baby, Body Intelligence Yoga.
As time means change and the days and years passing mean both experience gained and skin elasticity lost, this is born from the only experiences I have to date. Yet also timeless in the soul’s true nature to be free. To move and frolic through life distinguished not by how well I fall in line or follow rules but instead by how bravely I embrace the unknown in the heart of possibilities unexpected.
This offering is both infused with the masculine and feminine qualities of order and chaos, sun and moon, power and ease. Sir order takes action, the ‘make it happen’ daylight force directed by the drive to evolve and gain power humbled by the commandments and codes that cross and intersect all spiritual practices and teachings of the buddhist, sages, monks and yogis before us. Lady chaos instinctively creates from her surrender to the untamed wildness of the dark, flowing with what life brings without becoming rigid and regimented in the excess rights and wrongs that too much control can cement.
Body Intelligence yoga is the practice of embodying all of life’s dualities, allowing movement to be the ever changing unfolding of curiosity meeting the relationship between your self and the world around you.
This practice is always offering an opportunity to meet yourself where power must be earned and surrender must be yearned. As you spend some quality time with it you will realize its more about breaking down the walls casted high around the yoga mat (aka the excuses, rationales and judgements you cling to), to embark on the journey through and into the unknown of unable to explain because it has to be felt. Its here we can open to all of our selves, the modelled behaviours, and unconscious habits, the inquisitive urges and the subtle ahas. We must be willing to lunge outside of the sagital plane, disregard others opinions and free ourselves from the misplaced rules of what is means to be a mover, feeler and lover of body and breath, personality and history, ego and spirit. We build a practice that holds transformation patiently and determinedly in the arms of our aging nature to meet death with such ease from a life lived truly and fully.
So you might be wondering still what the heck is Body Intelligence Yoga? What makes it different then other forms of yoga?
That answer is for you to uncover and for you to describe from the wise teachings of your own bones and muscles moving towards being and away from proving. Body Intelligence Yoga means embodying yoga beyond what culture has decided it is supposed to look like. It is living the teachings everyday as all the different yoga platforms are encouraging but not inhibiting what expression that takes in how you move your body, or when you breath or how you decide to share your yoga in your life.
Of course learning in itself needs some structure, so I will share my perspective by guiding you with ideas of how to maneuver your body parts within the neuromyofascial web weaving the person you are today that will address the sitting epidemic and technological environment in which we play . But I will continually encourage you develop a deeper listening to your own body and more honest expression of the shapes and movements to meet your needs as you learn to design you practice from your own heart.
This will take time and dedication. And will change and evolve. And some things will trigger you in the form of irritation or anger towards me or yourself, or bitterness and resentment towards the people you see around you or loneliness in the way it feels to first sit inside the segregated and broken aspects of self. So instead of pointing the finger in blame or internally resorting to berating yourself in shame, you will move your body, breathe in deep and connect back to the only thing that is real in the moment right here right now. And this practice that yoga has so generously offered us will be there for us always.
The translation I am offering is one that is liberated by our wild animal to move free from the cage of should’s and be unencumbered from the leash of somebody else’s direction. It is corralled and courted by your heart to harmonize in your own unique expression. And so the physical practice will be taking the foundations of movement on the road with a playful circus of unlimited exploration.
The intention is self-liberation but the process will involve facing the lions of our unresolved pasts, the claws of our hurts and hateful judgements and the venom that has poisoned our ability to feel into it all. And in this willingness to confront the parts of your self hidden and battered and bruised, you will be free to reclaim the shiny loving wholeness that you are and take on any handstand catastrophe that ensues.
So my baby, Body Intelligence Yoga, it is just learning to really talk from the heart of what matters. And it isn’t what pose you can do or how open your hamstrings are, it is how bravely you are committed to continuously exploring outside the places you feel comfortable to adventure into the unknown spaces where building a friendship matters not just to fun and pleasure but to your insecurities, doubts and fears. And one day they wont seem so intimidating and then one day you will be doing that thing you thought before was never possible. And that thing only is achieved because everyday you showed up to the mat, paid attention to your own stale narratives, and congested hip flexors, and were open to the intrigue of something different and unrehearsed.
My intention in this variation of the asana practice is that you find joy in your body again, playfully exploring and moving and falling and flailing because their is no end to the progress in its frustrating failures and sagacious insights and meaningful metamorphosis. Your capacity to move through time without identifying with aging and rusting into stale viewpoints will determine the adaptability you hold to meet the always wonderful ride of uncertainty that is the truth about life. And if one day that means you are uninhibited enough to run over to the playground with the kids and climb the monkey bars or read your poetry out loud in a crowd of strangers or design your own website for your new business you are launching at 55 or live in a foreign country to learn a different language… then you will know that the practice is working.
Curiosity is muscle we want to strengthen, and when you learn to engage it more often, life becomes the vision of your dreams. So lets get moving awkardly and awesomely then shall we!!!