Inner Yin and Prana
Inner Yin and Prana
For every set of legs walking, jogging, sitting, bending, moving into and out of position there are invisible inner legs; the legs of prana (life force). This is also true of the arms, torso, hips and head; the inner self is more fluid and variable than the solid outer form. If prana is not in balance there is struggle, resistance, weakness, even pain. If prana is balanced the result is constant steady energy and fluidity for limbs, hips, spine, neck and head. Prana is life force and in the human body there are 5 Yin organs which manifest usable prana and store it. The five Yin organs are lungs, heart, liver, spleen & kidneys. During certain conditions energy being energy allows yin energy to change to Yang, then Yang to return to Yin energy. The dominant Yin area of the human is front and front side. Backbends open and expand Yin. Remember to counter balance with forward bends. Both are needed. Too much Yin energy appears quickly with colds, allergies, sinus issues, lung issues, chronically as slouching. Over-exertion causes depletion, under exertion causes stagnation and decay. Slow gradual exercise and change is more enjoyable and less depleting. Focus is for your body and what your body requires to strengthen and heal each day. Yin storage and restoration while body is in action as well as rest is what matters. To live in such a way is meditation on both Yin & Yang aspects; aspects which can improve when care is taken. Deeper understanding of Yin life force supports patience in Yoga practice and for all areas of living. The embodiment of being fully alive in this moment is to be free of internal chatter, fear, worry, obsessive pressure and resentment. Slow and steady attempts and witnessing, with focus on your unique energy in this moment gives way for a new inner wisdom. New inner wisdom leads to new experience and freedom. Notice a well deserved sense of satisfaction, greater ease and space for you, here and now. If the space is the size of your yoga mat for now, well done!
Resistance calls for a new method
One of the biggest hurdles in yoga asana (postures) practice is attuning mind, breath & movement while the body is stiff or in pain. Feelings of being overwhelmed are simply a desire to move forward. A good desire. Use kind thought and gentle breathing to have great effects on movement. Small change is success. Victories are victories. Make effort moderate, rest and sleep, be gentle, aware and kind to self; these attributes are a important as movement itself. There are no short cuts; only the right way. From where you are in this moment the way may appear to be different than the next individual. Never judge you beginning by someone else’s middle. Prana that is blocked and or deficient can once again flow, be nourished and in time wholeness may be regained, or even attained for the first time thus far.
Talking to the inner invisible self can help guide you towards balance and perfect unity. Your body may seem like it is speaking another language, however, in reality you may have been telling it how to be. Try discovering. Listen, observe as you would a dear friend, an admired teacher, even as a stranger, meeting for the first time. The important part is to begin discovering your unique self and to continue on for as long as you live. You are one of a kind, and there is something wondrous about you, and more so, everything about you is wondrous! Each day is a Yoga practice, a union practice within self. Begin emanating as self in peace, shining brilliantly! You embody divine love and intelligence. Step, turn, flow, jump, dance, wiggle, and stretch your bliss. Yin prana builds and stores power for each bend, extend, twist and every try! Protect, nourish and love self as best you can invest right now. Tomorrow you can discover you can pick up where you left off. May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Namaste.