SATTVA Lines of Awareness

 

We relate to the body by exploring four different perspectives: front body, back body, side body, and centre strength body. These are expressed in a four-month practice cycle; one month dedicated to each perspective using a uniquely designed posture sequence that lends insight into how to systematically organize and stack the body. This method is a system to begin to understand the anatomy with a 360-degree view through direct experience so that the body can rest into the strength and comfort of an aligned structure.

The four perspectives of front, back, side and strength speak to unique lines of awareness that address the whole body. This mapping system creates a focal point for the mind, which then translates into tangible, physical expression as the tissue begins to respond intelligently and a pathway of sensation emerges. 

 

Front Body 

Beginning on the tops of the toes, running over the foot and up the front of each leg and connecting to the hip bones, from the hip bones through the pelvis to the collarbone, and along the arm over the elbow, wrist, and connecting to the pad of each finger. There is also a line of awareness that runs from the pubic bone, through the navel, the sternum, the chin, and all the way up to the crown of the head.  Image details

 

Back Body 

Beginning on the pads of the toes, over the soles of the feet and up the backs of the legs connecting to the sit bones, to the backs of the hips, and then up to the shoulder blades. Into the shoulders, back of the elbows, top of the wrists, and through to each fingernail. There is also a line of awareness that connects from the base of the spine all the way straight up to the crown of the head.  Image details

 

Side Body

Divided into inside and outside lines. Outside lines begin at the pinky toes, running up the body along the outside edges of the legs and torso to the underarms, and then along the edges of the arm to the pinky fingers. Inside lines start at the big toes, run along the inside edge of the legs to the groin, along the inside edge of the torso to the chest cavity, and then along the edges of the arms to the thumbs. Side body lines also connect from the shoulders to either side of the neck and follow up on the sides of the head over the ears to the crown.  Image details

 

Strength Body

Finding the centermost, innermost central axis in the body. This line begins on each foot at a point of origin directly in front of the heels, up through the very center of the legs converging at the pelvic floor, directly through the center of the torso, all the way up to the crown of the head. At the chest, the strength line splits to follow along each arm and connects to another point of origin located at the center of each palm.  Image details

 

SATTVA Integrative Action Lines:

 

The Integrative Action Lines are a technology to create well-rounded expression in the body by developing the work of the legs, torso, shoulders, arms, and head. Integrative action is learning how to now direct body awareness and physical tissue though subtle firing of muscular activity, nervous system connections, and anatomical stacking so that the body increases in strength and flexibility in an optimal way. The Integrative Action Lines are a series of spiralling movements which join together the left and right hemispheres of the brain and the left and right aspects of the body. 

 

Legs 

Begin at the outside of each hip and follow a line going across the quadriceps to the inside of the knees. Then continue the awareness around the calves, across the shins, to the pads of the big toes. To balance the action, follow a counter line of awareness from inside of the hips to the outside of the knees, around the calves across the shins to the pads of the baby toes.  Image details

 

Torso 

Start at the left shoulder across the chest to the right ribcage, around the ribcage across the belly to the right hip. Then we also connect right shoulder across the chest to the left rib cage, around the ribcage across the belly to the left hip.  Image details

 

Shoulders

Connect top of the left shoulder to the bottom of the right, and top of the right to the bottom of left, so that there is a cross formation. Then follow from the top of the scapula to the bottom on either side, moving down and in. Combine these actions through the shoulders as though you are creating a figure eight formation within the shoulders.  Image details

 

Arms 

We begin with an external rotation for the upper arm, which follows from the inside of the shoulder to the outside of the elbow. Then we have an internal rotation through the lower arm, which follows from the outside of your elbow, around the forearm to the first knuckle of your thumb. Each is supported by their opposites, meaning that from shoulder to elbow there is also a subtle internal rotation (outside of shoulder connecting to the inside of the elbow) and from the elbow to the palm there is also a subtle external rotation (connecting from the inside of the elbow to the first knuckle of the pinky finger).  Image details

 

Neck and head

Starting at the back of the neck behind the ear and spiraling around the head in a continuous direction; same on both sides. Then also starting at the front of the neck in front of the ear, and spiraling around the head in a continuous direction. When these lines of awareness are applied there are four spirals moving around the head beginning from the front and back of the neck on both sides. Combining all of these lines of awareness creates the temple of movement within the body, which facilitates a perfect environment for the physical practice of SATTVA Yoga.  Image details