The ocean is in constant motion. When the tide recedes, it leaves behind shoreline that has been cleansed but also exposes a network of life’s living roots that depend on the nourishment carried by the current returning once again. Nature never stops pulsing with life.
Like the ebb and flow of the tides, our bodies are always in motion. The digging energy of our toe tips initiates a wave of movement that crests in the rising of our crowns. Like seawater is sculpted into curling waves, the Bowspring helps us to sculpt our bodies in movement. The sphere of the hips widens as it moves back and down, from where the spool of the waist tapers in and up to meet the fullness of sphere of the heart. The ribs expand in all directions to move upward with life to meet the spool of the neck. The neck lengthens in support of the sphere of the head rising to the sky. And in our bodies, nature’s pulse comes alive.
The poet Rumi wrote, “You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop”. Our practice encourages us to embody nature’s most powerful waxing and waning; to move with life’s currents but to do so with the fluid grace that is already inherent in each of us. Let each one of us discover our oceans, and let us together shape the tides. I look forward to seeing each of us on our mats.
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