The principle of Yoga is to join and balance the tattwas [tattvas], or elemental functions of the five elements, with the prana energy, the breath of life, which animates them. The "Ha" of the sun's vital radiation principle and the "Tha" of the moon substance are blended in the body functions for health of the body as is the case in all of Nature. (The Ha and Tha combine to form the word Hatha, so familiar to Westerners from Hatha Yoga postures.)
Health is viewed as a reflection of your environment, and your mental/emotional and spiritual condition of and within the energy field, and these therapeutic methods are designed for balancing all aspects of your life for healthy living.
Negative thoughts and emotions precede physical disease, including accidents. Suffering is ultimately derived from thoughts based on materialism, rather than the soul’s evolutionary impulses which are then compromised by tendencies of pleasure-seeking.
Any posture or stretch in Yoga is designed for health which must meet the requirements of the constitution of man by balancing "the above" (the subtle causal patterns of mind and sound current energy) with "the below" (the gross elements of solids and liquids in the structural frame). "As above, so below" is also mentioned in the ancient Tablet of Hermes. Tension fields in the five subtle elements of the body must be balanced in action and function, and united to the inner conscious center of "being". This is the object of Polarity Yoga for Health postures and practice.
Squat~Rock - This posture places the body similar to the fetal position. All parts of the body are in close proximity. Start in a squat position with feet closely together and flat on floor if possible. Place your feet with the heels 3 - 6" apart and the the knees are 6 - 12" apart. Armpits are over the knees. and hands clasped in front. Head is bent forward. The arms pull the knees inward with a squeeze of the thighs together, stretching the shoulder blades. Now begin rocking forward and backward and you can also move from side to side. Spinal Twist From the Pyramid you can transition to the Spinal Twist by bending slightly more while keeping your feet wide apart, pointing outward. With knees bend and arms straight, inhale and twist to one side and exhale with a "HA", then inhale and go back to center. Twist to the other side and again exhale with a "HA".
Woodchopper This is a flowing movement. Standing straight, place feet shoulders width apart and keep the knees relaxed and a slightly bent. Raise your arms over your head extending arms up to the ceiling and clasp hands together and breathing in the body is done with an arched back. Imagine yourself a wood chopper...and that you have an axe in your hands. Lung forward, hinging from the hips bringing hands down and between the legs. As you thrust the axe down and through the legs exhale with a 'HA" while dropping your head with this movement to release body tension. When coming back up go slow and inhale
Cliff Hanger Warm up with the Woodchopper first. Start from a standing position Find a stable chair, a bench. or a low table like a coffee table Place your hands behind you on the object which will be behind you then place both feet are about 12" in front of the chair or table creating a slight incline with your body as you start out with a bend at the waist. Inhale and straighten your arms behind you and raise yourself so that your are in almost a 90 degree angle. Then on the release exhale and relax the body and tilt the head slightly forward As you relax the body slowly lower yourself using just your arms - while bending at the upper leg so that you are almost in a sitting position. inhale on the up push and repeat.
Scissors Kick Lay face down with forehead on hands flat, one on top of the other. legs are apart in a v formation.. Bend legs at knees. Keeping knees bent, drop feet toward floor. Then bring them upward, criss-cross feet at ankles, swinging feet past each other and then outward, then drop feet toward the floor again. Sessions are 1 hour to 90 minutes Invite your body back into balance ~ Sleep well ~ Heal Injury ~ Relieve pain ~ Alleviate Moodiness ~ Breath Easy ~ Increase Energy ~ Improve Immunity ~ Increase Circulation ~