June Theme of the Month

This month, we are using The 5 Organizing Principles Of True North Alignment

THE 5 ORGANIZING PRINCIPLES OF TRUE NORTH ALIGNMENT

  1. Be Intentional in creating the physical foundation of the pose & being up to something bigger than yourself.
  2. Balanced Action: Create Sthira Sukha.
  3. The 5 Pillars: Put in and keep present Drishti, Ujjayi, Bandhas, Tapas, Vinyasa.
  4. Total Body Integrity: PULL IN, PRESS DOWN, & LIFT UP to integrate... create muscle to bone connection (pull into centerline & core).
  5. Total Body Expression: PRESS, LIFT, MOVE & fully express out (move out from center & core).

The “why” behind the 5 Organising: They are the access to “power” your centre, the “Power” from the core.

Exercises for 5 Organizing Principle

1. Be Intentional in creating the physical foundation of the pose & being up to something bigger than yourself.

    • Consider what Baron says, if you aren’t being intentional then you are just in technique.
    • Consider if you are distracted you are not being intentional
    • Being intentional means you are coming from your centre, it makes you "unmessable with", intention can’t be called off
    • Intention gives you access to Freedom, it is in our PRACTICE
    • Baron says, as far as you go from your intention, turn back. “No matter how far down the wrong road, turn back” - Turkish Proverb 

Intention definition: “done on purpose; deliberate

2. Balanced Action: Create Sthira Sukha (Steadiness and Ease).

Because the physical postures are the best-known aspect of yoga, let’s first consider what it feels like to cultivate these two qualities—sthira and sukha—in our asana practice.

Sthira is the ability to “hold steady” in an asana, to hold body, energy, and mind in balance for an extended period. This capacity is known as asana sthiti, which can be translated as either “dwelling in an asana” or “steadfastness in an asana.” True asana sthiti arises when the muscles are evenly engaged and free of tension and strain; when the cadence of the breath becomes rhythmic; and when the mind becomes patient and vigilant, observing whatever arises from moment to moment.

Sukha, or “good space,” in asana practice is the comfort that arises when the joints and bones are harmoniously aligned with gravity and when the muscles are free of strain. At the energetic level, sukha manifests as an easy flow of breath and balanced circulation of prana (life force). Mentally, this “good space” manifests as a meditative quality of joy, satisfaction, and spacious awareness.

3. The 5 Pillars: Put in and keep present Drishti, Ujjayi, Bandhas, Tapas, Vinyasa.

  • Drishti (Gaze)

  • Ujjayi (Breath) 

  • Bandhas (Foundation: Core, Hands & Feet) 

  • Tapas (Heat) 

  • Vinyasa (Flow)

4. Total Body Integrity: PULL IN, PRESS DOWN, & LIFT UP to integrate... create muscle to bone connection (pull into centerline & core).


5. Total Body Expression: PRESS, LIFT, MOVE & fully express out (move out from center & core)

  • Teaching Tips

  1. Set an intention for your class and stay with it, anytime you get distracted while teaching or practicing, come back to your intention.
  2. Be firm as a teacher (not mean or tough), just firm with compassion and add softness where needed
  3. Put in and keep present the 5 pillars as a teacher and as a student. It looks like: you are focused, breathing and  have your TNA present
  4. Use the principles as cues in the class. For example you can say “Skin and Muscle PULL IN, PRESS DOWN the 4 corners of your feet and from your pelvis LIFT UP to integrate... create muscle to bone connection (pull into centerline & core).
  5. Also you can say “PRESS 4 corners of your feet, LIFT your waist to the sky/roof, MOVE & fully express out (move out from center & core), etc.

Africa Yoga Project delivers global wellbeing in and from Africa. We practice and teach Yoga with a deep conviction that the potential to change the world lives in each of us. Our bodies and minds must be connected in order to create lasting change. We deliver tools to bring wellbeing to the world, one body at a time.

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