What happens when the language cues in yoga superimpose images that don’t match up to reality? It creates a disconnect between body and concept. Unfortunately, because of our mind-dominant culture, it is usually the concept that wins. The body tries to conform. We are quite adept at conforming to outside influences: look at 4-inch heels, foot-binding and spanxs. Yoga becomes another place where mind rules over body; when actually yoga practice should be the place where the body’s inherent intelligence guides the way forward. But just imagine: what if the process of foot-contact exploration held the potential to open a magic portal …?
If you’ve watched toucans swooping through the morning mist, their message is clear…
to leave out those creatures from which we naturally recoil, those hiding, skittering, stinging, biting crispy little creatures would be to ignore an entire ecosystem of dark wisdom. Here is the scorpion’s message
The tiger heron blends immaculately into its river-bank surroundings, stands stock-still upon one leg, attuned to the nearby fish. This is the tiger heron’s message…
Costa Rican myth says that the great ceibo, mother of all trees, carries the soul out of this world and into the next.
This is the ceibo’s message:
Imagine the sun warming your back, while your belly rests on cool, moist earth… here is the boa constrictor’s message.
This is the gecko’s message…
Today’s spirit animal is the blue morpho butterfly. What wisdom does the butterfly have for us?
What message does the scarlet macaw of Pavones have for us today?