Cat Yoga Pose
Muscles Associated with the Organs
Thanks to the good work of chiropractic Doctor, George Goodheart, we discovered in the ’60s and ’70s that each meridian in the Chinese medicine energetic system has a direct relationship with various muscles and neural pathways of the body. This means that, if a meridian was ‘out’ or not flowing properly, the muscle associated with it would also not be functioning properly; the neuromuscular activity would be somewhat impaired. Therefore, it was found that if you corrected the meridian, the muscle would return to its full function and, similarly, if you corrected the muscle function, the meridian would correct. This was quite an amazing discovery that has essentially added a new dimension to the treatment of energetic dysfunction and the understanding of disease within the body.
Once we know the muscles associated with the meridians and the location of the meridians themselves, we can then apply the appropriate asanas (postures), or indeed any form of movement training that targets these areas of the body to re-establish the correct energetic flow through our systems. The recommended yoga asanas are explored for each meridian in further chapters.
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Principles of Oriental Yoga
As with every system of yoga, there are certain principles of the yoga practice that are emphasized more so than others. This is not intended to exclude other yogic practices, but rather, it aims to simply bring focus to certain aspects of the overall yogic practice.
Change is Constant (Thoughts, Emotions, Experiences, Seasons etc.)
The yogi practices non-attachment to the world of form because the yogi understands change to be a constant phenomenon. The yogi appreciates form as it arises but understands its true nature and therefore allows its passing to occur without resistance. Eventually the yogi will come to a point where they will ask, what is it that does not change?