To a physicist, energy is the capacity for work.
Work is mathematically defined as the distance an object can travel because of a given force.
Bernie Clark, Energy & Yoga
For example, when solar energy arrives on earth and strikes the upper atmosphere, this energy becomes manifest as the movement of air. As these winds of air move over the ocean they create waves of water. When these waves of water crash onto a beach their energy becomes manifest as vibrations in the sand.
The energy itself is not made of the sunlight or air or water or sand, but it manifests its presence in the movement of these ‘tissues’ of the Earth.
—Paul Grilley, Yin Yoga: Principles & Practices
And the same is true in our tissues!
2 Things We Do Our Energy During Yoga Practice
1. Turn on the tap.
2. Remove blockages to the flow.
The Rules of Energy
Energy wants to move.
Energy needs space to move.
Energy follows particular patterns in the body.
The two most important energy patterns are moving forward and crossing from one side of the body to the other.
The root cause of any ailment is energy not moving forward and/or crossing over.
Energy has certain hierarchies that it attends to.
Energy forms habits.
Energy is affected by other people and the environment.
—Lauren Walker, The Energy Medicine Yoga Prescription
ENERGY IS ALL THERE IS.
Yin & Yang Describe 2 Facets of Existence.
& helps us distinguish this from that.
Patterns Define Our Lives.
Look around. What do you see? High & low. Loud & soft. Fast & slow.
No, Actually stop & look around, PLEASE. TakE a couple deep breaths.
LOOK & SEE.
All Patterns Are Formed By Contrasts.
That Helps us distinguish this from that.
Yin & Yang Work Together to Create ‘Balanced Action’.
Balancing is not static.
Consider weighing scales.
It’s the Action of Rebalancing That Returns Us To Health, Wholeness & Vitality.
Harmony & Health are Created When Conditions Arise Where Contrasting Elements are in Balance.