To be at one with Self we must have, and be at home in our own rhythmic archetype. We must be able to move with the flow inherent in our internal rhythms. Our early relationship with rhythm begins in utero where we are soothed with mother’s heartbeat, the pulse of her blood flow, even her speech and movements. Without strong early rhythmic connections, there is a later disconnect from body and mind, and therefore poor mental and or physical health. Without unconscious, subliminal, essential rhythmic connections there is inner chaos, and often pain. When we have a weak internal rhythmic archetype, we have difficulty accepting the ebb and flow of life. It’s like trying to ride out the ‘perfect storm’ on an inner tube.
Anyone struggling with ongoing chaos, or physical pain will find that exploring rhythms and movement may be powerful tools to re-create balance and health. Working a Practice with greater physical repetitions, adding more chants, especially call and response, along with rhythmical Pranayama can re-wire the brain, creating calm from disconnect. Even when not in pain, these tools are healing, serving us all to take have more courage for the next step, to move beyond fear with greater belief in our abilities.
Studies done in Germany with a repetitive movement called, TaKeTiNa, created by Reinhard Flatischler and his wife Cornelia, have been proven to heal pain through collective movement and sound processes. “Flatischler discovered that in those moments when the participants felt synchronized or “at one” with the rhythms, the whole group reported that their pain went away.”* Observing Sufi dervishes take a group into deep trance through collective movement and sound was the original inspiration for Flatischler’s work.
Kundalini Yoga, ShaktiYogaDances, along with Folk dance, tribal dances, even Modern, and ballet, especially where repeated movement patterns, accompanied by drums and, or rhythmic chant, are wonderful events where we become connected to the whole, and in turn to a more expressive, joyous Self. Exploring ways and means to fall in and out of rhythm, to call and respond, to connect breath and sound to body, to share in ritualistic patterns of movement and music offer Yoga another vibrant healing possibility.
Done with intention, the aware teacher without, and within, can re-discover and restore archetypical rhythmic relations to the body, which unearth inherent parts of Self. The re-wiring of pieces that went missing in childhood, either through physical or mental pain, can return and grow vibrant, alive in being re-connected, and out of dis-ease. The drummer calls, we respond. It is an ancient, familiar sound of our archetypal rhythmic force welcoming wholeness.
*TaKeTiNa-Welcome to the Other Side of Your Brain.
Pose With Seasonal Energies
Asana: The Asana this week is to let your Practice dance. Become a joyous Monkey-Dancer in July’s ShaktiYogaDance. Find a drummer and listen to a new heart-dialogue within yourself. Go take a Tango lesson letting the rhythmic pattern of your feet instill exciting visions, walk down the street, snapping your fingers, doing a loose ‘Two step.’ It’s all good, and leads to greatness.
Astrology Notes: This week is the last of a long spring-early summer of difficult, opposing, cross purpose energies where we have felt pulled and pushed inside, and out. At long last, we may be calm enough to enjoy watery Cancer’s nurturing, emotional drive, and sensitivity. Highly intuitive, often self-sacrificing, loyal and sentimental, Cancers love to protect those they care for, and because many they love have been going through a rough time, it’s been doubly difficult for them. Time to release the worry, step back and …dance!
Ayurvedic Notes: The main qualities of Pitta are hot, sharp, liquid, oily, and light. Having an abundance of Pitta Prakriti means that you deal with these qualities throughout your physical, emotional, and mental bodies. They are your strengths and weaknesses. During hot summer months, we all, whether of Pitta Prakriti or not, deal with balancing these qualities in some way. The sharpness can manifest as a sharp, keen intellect, or a sharp tongue. The heat might be a strong, hot metabolism and appetite, or a bad temper, or heartburn. The liquid may be seen in excessive sweating, or stomach acid from pushing too hard. The oily lends softness to the skin but can also lead to acne, or manipulation, such as a snake oil personality. Remember ‘like increases like,’ so create the opposite, especially in the hot summer months.