Strength & Ease

Theme Song: Ramin Djawadi’s Light of the Seven (performed by Game of Thrones Symphony)

Strength and ease can be found within each yoga posture (asana). Identifying these areas appropriately will allow you to move even deeper. For example, the strength in the cobra posture is in the back (lumbar spine). When you breathe into your chest and let go of the front side you can simultaneously strengthen your back. Alternatively, during a forward fold, your back can open up and relax even more if you strengthen your core.

Strength and ease plays its part overall during a session when you allow yourself to completely let go in between each asana. Your heart rate slows then accelerates. This variability will condition your body and physiological response for optimal performance.

High performance during times of stress rely on this rhythm within your body. Ideally you’re not operating out of your sympathetic nervous system to avoid burn out. Exceptional leaders understand this as they exhibit their calmness during times of crises. The real opportunity is to cultivate strength and ease within your herd.

Coherence

THEME SONG: “Home Again” by Micheal Kiwanuka

We watched the elephants for over two hours.  At the pivotal moment of river crossing, the video shows obvious communication: audible rumbling, vibrational signaling, and the matriarchal trumpet and crocodile warning that makes the group fall back.  Eventually, there is a final ceremonious crossing with the eley calves at the protective center. Wildlife herd behavior is an excellent display of coherence, in which subtle individual cues lead to a group behavioral dynamic that benefits all. The harmony in which they cross is beautiful to experience.

This type of “physiological synchronization” in evolutionary anthropology is a key factor for human health and survival as well. We are constantly communicating with one another in subdued ways through facial expressions, body language, even biochemically.  Social coherence, especially when individuals are emotionally in tune with one another, drives the cooperative actions of the group. When positively engaged it produces a symphonious relationship.

According to Ayurveda, physiological coherence happens when we give our body the tools it needs to thrive. This means connecting to our pulse and circadian rhythm, the rhythm of nature.