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Sanskrit

I love that my Sanskrit teacher, Manorama, calls Sanskrit the luminous language.  In my twenties I came to the conclusion that our language was embedded in our culture, was embedded in hatred, domination, lies, violence, and ultimately fear, and therefore we needed to create structural change by retooling language.  Singer Tracy Chapman apparently felt the same way and released "New Beginning" in which she literally called for new signs, symbols and language.  And yet, here was this realized, liturgical, luminous language which has mathematical resonance already waiting for our study and use.  Sanskrit mantras are powerful tools for positive change.  I choose to remember how potent this language is in supporting the expansion of peace and harmony on the planet.  Each mantra is a prayer, an offering, an invocation for positivity and growth.  

Many practitioners and teachers of yoga hesitate to use sanskrit, often due to difficulty with pronunciation.  Here is a link to just one of Manorama's resources on pronunciation of key yogic terms.  (She has many to choose from).

https://sanskritstudies.org/product/yoga-language-series-learn-to-pronounce-yoga-poses

 

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Fascia

Bob Cooley, The Genius of Flexibility

https://www.thegeniusofflexibility.com/resistance-stretching/fascia.html

I teach five Yin Yoga classes a week now.  In a town where many yoga practitioners exit the classroom looking like they have bathed in their own sweat, it would make sense that the opposite end of the spectrum would become popular in contrast.  (Little does the beginning Yin Yoga practitioner anticipate the beads of sweat that begin to pop out while deep in pigeon).  Yin Yoga is said to work on the fascia.  This link that I have provided is not for a Yin Yoga practitioner, but rather a specialist in the area of fascia.  Many of his postures are reflective of yoga poses, but his approach is slightly more focused upon working to make something occur in the fascial tissue in order to actively heal the body.

My teaching in class is inspired also by Roger Jhanke, a qigong specialist, who discusses the measurable electromagnetic field emanating from the water which runs through the fascia.  In his book The Healing Promise of Qi, Jhanke describes the fascia as a "liquid crystalline lattice."  My discussion of a person's energy field, aura, or subtle body typically begins by describing the fascia as a way of grounding these topics of feeling in the gross manifest.

http://www.feeltheqi.com/Dr_Jahnke/

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