Yoga and Animal Wisdom
Down Dog, Up Dog, Cat, Cow, Hare, RABBIT. 🐶🐱🐮🐰
Did you ever wonder why the majority of Asana/yoga poses are named after animals?
Animals are more connected to their bodies than humans. Animals also LIVE IN THE NOW.
An animal never pauses to rest without stretching before and after. Instinctively they know that they must move their bodies in certain ways to maintain their health and mobility. Humans have forgotten this because we’re so busy projecting into the future we leave our bodies behind. The Medieval Nath order of Yogis, who cultivated many of the asana practices we use today, observed and imitated the movement and rest of animals to inform their yoga practice. The wisdom and symbol of animals is captured in the pose and they are honored with the name.
November 24, 2017