I got into Hanumanasana (monkey pose) today. Naturally, my first instinct was to celebrate by sharing the picture -taken to document the feat- with my teacher. Naturally, he responded with the anticipated amounts of oohs and aahs, immediately followed by this question: do you feel enlightened now? I certainly felt “light” in the hamstrings. Possibly also light in my step, having finally achieved touchdown between the back of the legs and the mat. It has taken a while to get here. No “lightening” speed for me for sure.
Then he sent me an explanation of what the pose signifies, who it is named after, and the story behind it. This is the very essence of Sacred Activation Yoga. SAY celebrates the challenges and the achievements of the spiritual evolution that unfolds as a result of a committed practice. This energetic “upgrade” is what we take with us off our mats, not the seated split.
“Sacred Activation Yoga celebrates the challenges and the achievements of the spiritual evolution that unfolds as a result of a committed practice. This energetic “upgrade” is what we take with us off our mats, not the seated split.”
Sacred Activation Yoga is very simple in its approach and method. It takes its practitioners through a journey of rebirth, cleansing and purifying, awakening and balancing, and strengthening both the gross (physical) and the subtle (energetic) bodies. A unique transmission of energy takes place in as little as one class that draws people in. The welcoming space, authenticity and simplicity of the practice, and the palpable energy ensure they return. It is accessible to every one and every body.
You see, SAY targets the activation of the energy –the life force- that resides in each of us. Through meditation, breathing, and functional movement practices, SAY speaks to the evolution of the whole self. In this order: healing, fueling, building, strengthening. Repeat. Every day.
Meditation is an integral part of every practice, gently guiding the practitioner to heightened levels of detached awareness and connection. Observation is the first step on the endless path of never-ending healing. Breathing –eventually evolving into more advanced practices- is the foundational building block for how to essentially be fully human. Once we access optimal levels of fuel and the breath flows freely in our body, we are able to “upgrade” to a higher energetic vibration. And when this door is unlocked, it opens us onto an entire new realm of existence. It is profound, transformational, and accessible to everyone.
A committed practice pushes us to higher levels of awakening. In order to sustain these higher dosages of energy, SAY addresses the strengthening of the physical body through a series of carefully crafted dynamic spinal activation and functional movement postures drawn from a variety of yoga lineages. Core activation is an essential element of the practice.
In a typical SAY class, you will most likely not experience Hanumanasana. However, with a committed practice, you will one day easily get into the pose. And when you do –maybe after the euphoria, Instagram picture, and the celebrations- you will begin to think about its spiritual significance. And move on with grace, power, connection, and humility. Toward the light.
“Hanuman reminds us that we can take larger steps in our lives if we open our awareness beyond the limitations of our immediate circumstances… With patient devotion and openness to the possibility of going beyond what they think are their limits, students can invoke this spirit in exploring not just this difficult asana but other challenges in their lives as well.” My intention since March has been to move beyond fear. Hanumanasana was the furthest thing from my mind. You will not see me break into Hanumanasana off my mat in the supermarket any time soon. But you will see me push my edge, explore the grass beyond my current field of experience. Who knows what will come next?
“Hanuman reminds us that we can take larger steps in our lives if we open our awareness beyond the limitations of our immediate circumstances… With patient devotion and openness to the possibility of going beyond what they think are their limits.”