THE 5 ORGANIZING PRINCIPLES OF TRUE NORTH ALIGNMENT
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.
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.
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)