Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Let it Flow Let it Flow Let it Flow

There you are with garden hose in hand. The faucet is on. Your beautiful spring flowers are waiting for a shower. You pull back on the trigger of the spray nozzle and ... nothing. No water.

Hmmmm. Could get messy. Posted by Hello

What's the deal? It's a kink, of course. You uncoil the kink and life-giving water reaches just the right spot.

This is what I was thinking about last night when my mom came out of the endoscopy room completely relieved of the agony that had landed her in the ER the day before. When you see this sort of thing with your own eyes it literally looks like an unmitigated medical miracle.

The doctor had passed a tube down through her stomach and right up to the opening of the bile duct. There he found two stones clogging the free flow of bile, which in the right spot does a great job of digesting fat. In the wrong spot, impeded by a "kink" in her hose, it caused irritation, inflammation, incredible pain, and who knows what sort of damage to her liver.

He placed a stent to hold the duct open and instantly flow was restored. Her pain went away immediately. Soon after, the effects of the various medicines wore off and she began thinking about and talking about going home. It was that quick.

Restore flow, restore health.

That's how yoga works, by the way. It was understood that way and created that way. The goal was to open up any congestion or restrictions in the nadis (rivers) so that prana (life-force) could flow freely and unrestricted. When it flows, you have extraordinary health, vibrant energy and a high state of functioning. When a once diminished flow is restored to it's optimal state, healing and well-being return quickly.

What causes the kinks in your energy system? Emotions, injuries, illness, thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, repeated motions, holding patterns, long periods of immobility, trauma. It can be almost anything.

But the cause really doesn't matter, because you can remain healthy in every way by practicing in a way that keeps your body as close to its "optimal blueprint" as possible. In that state, energy flows. Health flourishes.

If you divide your body in half at the level of your belly-button, for example, nearly every chronic health concern you have above that line can be eliminated by achieving optimal alignment of the shoulder girdle. Chronic problems below can be addressed through optimal alignment in the pelvis. Once the structures are aligned, prana flows and healing comes quickly.

These are big claims. I know. Doesn't it make you want to find out for yourself? If it does, please practice yoga today. You'll open up to a new level of health and well-being.

Don't just read about it. Get up. Experience it. Experience yoga!

Kevin Perry

p.s., Thank you, each of you, who prayed for my mom. Your intentions really do change the universe. They change you, too. Maybe tomorrow I'll write about sankalpa.

p.p.s., I didn't make up the term "optimal blueprint." I learned it from my teacher, John Friend, the founder of Anusara yoga. Anusara yoga is known for its focus on effective technique and joyful embrace and celebration of Grace. "Anusara" literally means "to step into the flow of Grace." The techniques are directly apprehended through a set of principles that can be applied in any pose AND without contradicting your teacher, whom you should honor. It is a system that is unifying, not divisive. I hope this creates in you an interest and curiosity sufficient to cause you to find out more and do something about it. Experience it. Check out www.Anusara.com today.

John Friend Posted by Hello

p.p.p.s., Are you going to the Yoga Journal Conference this weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin? Please come and see me at our WearOrange.org booth. I hope you'll introduce yourself to me. We're selling orange I DO YOGA wristbands and raising funds for Tsunami relief. And we're giving away two iPods, too. If you're not going to the Conference, but know others who are, will you pass this message on to them so they can say hello and help with the cause!

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