I saw a video on Facebook yesterday about Dana Falsetti, who is a plus sized yoga instructor. The most impressive thing about this beautiful woman is her reason for doing yoga. She does not do it to get in shape or to lose weight or anything like that. She says that yoga is the only thing that makes her feel like herself. Self Love!! I know very little about yoga and have never learned it. I was so impressed by this amazing woman and her ability to achieve advanced positions. I decided to ask my body about Yoga. I got more than I was expecting. I have put all the visuals that I got in parentheses. Thanks to my friend Gina I checked out the colors associated with what I received. These colors are simply a symbol to me of another layer of information about the action taking place.
Esther: “Ok Body, tell me about Yoga.”
Body: “There are several streams of –for lack of a better word–information, that the body encounters and takes advantage of during Yoga poses. The 1st stream enters the body through the head. This stream is the Life Force Stream, meaning it IS the continual data stream that updates the body on physical choice evolution. (It enters the crown of the head in a 3D sine wave form, otherwise known as a spiral. This travels down through the trunk of the body turning at the root chakra and weaving its way back up and out of the body. This stream is white which is the color of pure intent, intent with no agenda or expectations. It is also sparkly which means that there is a multidimensional experience happening. See Color Code here.)
The 2nd is the stream that crosses the body at the midriff. This is the Unity Stream. This holds the back and forth between your individual body and the collective human whole. (At the waist there is a spiral of energy traveling through from front of the body to the back. After it passes through the body it divides into smaller spirals. This spiral the color red which is the color of forward action, interested passion, and purposeful creating.)
The 3rd is through the third eye. This is the Universal Stream and is the access through the body to the interaction with All that Is. (A spiral enters from the front of the forehead and ends in the “processing center” in the middle of the brain. It doesn’t really end, it is converted there. This spiral is violet which is the color of enhancement, of growth and renewal. It is also sparkly.)
The 4th is the infusion of Earth energy through the soles of the feet. This is the Planetary stream and is the feedback loop between you and Gaia. (I see this as a Y of energy that branches below the feet with the energy flowing in a spiral both upward and downward. It goes up into the right foot and travels through the right leg, bends at the root chakra and spirals down the left leg. It flows out of the left foot where it continues down to and then spirals around the upward flowing energy. The energy flowing into the right foot is yellow which is the color of Beginnings; it features the purity of finding your way with intent and benevolent interest. By the time it has reached the left foot it has slowly changed to orange which is the color of Being full; content with one’s self, a color of radiant confidence. Where it rejoins the energy that divides and flows into the right leg, the color is brown flowing in both directions. Brown is the color of the Earth energy, full of life and the wisdom therein.)
The 5th is the dual energy stream attracted to both of your palms. This is the Stream of Intent and Action. These are a conglomeration of both your individual and soul energy. (A spiral enters the back of each hand and comes out on the palm as a glowing orangey half sphere. Symbolically orange is the color of Being full; content with one’s self, a color of radiant confidence. The color that enters the back of the hands is grey, which is a mix of black and white, and symbolizes the mixing of endless possibilities with pure intent.)
The 6th is the Word Stream. This contains the sound codes of the move itself. ( I see a spiral that flows up from the heart, through the esophagus and out through the mouth. This energy is white which is the color of pure intent, intent with no agenda or expectations.)
The 7th is the key to understanding why each pose is as it is or perhaps better said, what it is capable of. The seventh stream is the Unified Whole Stream. This is the stream that is created by the puzzle pieces of the others. (Visually this looks like a large hourglass shaped spiral. The human is standing in the narrowed part, which encompasses the whole body. The energy is open and extends both upward and outward and downward and outward. It is the color blue which is the color of Mother energy, fertility and growth and the bringing of life.)”
(I was then told to get on my phone and search for yoga poses and see which came up first. I got Down Dog or Downward Facing Dog. And I didn’t even know the name of it until I searched further. Haha Yes, total newbie!)
Here is what I got to illustrate each stream with this specific pose. “The Life Force (crown) is aligned with Planetary Focus. The Unity Stream (midriff) is elevated, opening sharing to new heights. The Universal Stream (third eye) is Earth Based. The Planetary Stream (feet) is set. The Stream of Intent and Action (hands) are grounded. The Word Stream is the sound La (short a sound). The Unified Whole Stream is as follows. Energetically Down Dog is a position of communion with the whole of humanity from the point of view of the Planet Earth.”
Next random search revealed the Lotus Position.
“The Life Force Stream (crown) is open and receptive for pollination, asking for more. The Unity Stream (midriff) is open and receptive to share and receive. The Universal Stream (third eye) is focused on the future and the possibilities inherent therein. The Planetary Stream (feet) alignment is brought up into the core. The Stream of Intent and Action (hands) in mudra form is holding a focus of pure intent. The Word Stream is Da (long a sound). The Unified Whole Steam is as follows. This position is the gathering of All that Is, both above and below–Source and Gaia. Energy is brought into the body and focused through pure intent on All the Possibilities of what can Be and sharing that with all of Humanity. Notice that all streams are close together creating a focussed and powerful energetic movement.” No wonder this position is so popular for meditation!
The final search of the day revealed the Triangle Pose.
“The Life Force Stream (crown) is receptive of balance. The Unity Stream (midriff) is open and sharing while stretching the perceived limitations of the collective. The Universal Stream (third eye) focuses on Source. The Planetary Stream (feet) is firm and wide open, receiving and sending. The Stream of Intent and Action (hands) both Reaches for more from All That Is and embeds what is received into Gaia. The Word Stream is the sound Fa (short a sound). The Unified Whole Stream is as follows. This pose opens the communication and sharing to maximum flow. Energy is flowing through you from above and below (Source and Gaia), this is openly shared with Humanity as a whole. Balance and strength of Intent are the focus for the flow is swift.”
This is all very fascinating to me. Basically from my point of view, each pose or posture is a meditation. Each can bring in a different experience for the performer. They are like little snapshots of energy. I also got an image of Julie Andrews in Sound of Music singing “Do-Re-Mi”. Meaning that each sound of each move makes a song when combined with other moves, creating another Unified Whole Stream. I asked my body if it wanted me to start Yoga. I got back, “I don’t care as long as the exercise you choose brings you joy. If there is not pleasure in the experience itself than it is rather a moot point.” Ahhh, gotta love that! Experiment time is coming!