You Are Already Complete: Balancing Masculine and Feminine Energy Yoga with Melissa 179

by Melissa West on May 26, 2013

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You’re Already Complete

NamasteYoga-179Cultural Conditioning are the social processes by which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media define our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world. Today we are going to explore the cultural belief that you need somebody of the opposite gender to complete you. The idea that a man needs a woman or a woman needs a man is being hotly debated by our American neighbours right now. Without even getting into the issue of same sex marriage that has been legalized in Canada since 1999, let’s look at the issue of needing somebody outside of yourself to complete you.

Within the study of yoga there is the philosophy that we all have masculine and feminine energy within us. Within our bodies we have two main energy channels. The ida which runs up along the left side of our spine from our root chakra to our third eye at the center of our foreheads. The ida channel is said to be our feminine channel and are said to be receptive, creative, intuitive, relational, nurturing, compassionate and empathetic.

The masculine channel runs up the right side of the spine and is called Pingala. It has action-oriented, focuses, assertive, passionate, transforming, stable, protective and supportive qualities. It is important to have a balance of both qualities in our lives.

Through the practice of our yoga we balance the masculine and feminine qualities within us. Hatha Yoga for example Ha – means sun and tha – means moon. Yoga is often translated as a practice of joining or union. From this perspective we are practicing balancing the sun (masculine) and moon (feminine) energies in our body. If we look at it another way, if we were simply to practice flexibility we would have no stability…. and this would be bad news for our joints. If we just practiced stability we would have no flexibility. We need both.

Fernando Garcia  from FB shared with me I once read and liked this explanation….

“We all have a mix of masculine and feminine energies in a dynamic state of movement. When you cease to label these energies and reject associated cultural biases, you distill them to pure energy. You then can see and operate at the spiritual level”

Suba Dhinakar The great sage from India, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj once said, “Wisdom tells me I am nothing. Love tells me I am everything. Between the two, my life flows.” Suba believes that no quote better describes that life flows between the two poles of masculine/feminine, wisdom/love, everything/nothing.

“The masculine and feminine energy in us and in our relationships is similar to the North and South Pole. It is the distance and boundary that causes magnetism and keeps the earth in balance”

Tamara Pascoe reminds us to notice how the inhale LOVES the exhale. As you rest back and breathe, notice the balance of masculine and feminine energy in your body. If balance isn’t happening, notice that too. What would you like to receive from this yoga class? What is your intention today?

Props Needed: blanket, yoga strap, bolster, blocks

Yoga Asanas/Postures: keyhole/figure four stretch, front lying quadricep stretch, plank pose/kumbhakasana, sphinx pose/salamba bhujanngasana, Alternate Nostril Breathing/nadi shodhana, Dancer’s Pose/Natarajasana, Goddess Victory Squat/Utkata Konasana, 3 pronged downward facing dog/Tri Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana, Bharadvaja’s Twist/Bharadvajasana, Reclined Bound Angle/Supta Baddha Konasana

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