The Wave – Our Energy Flow

The energy of water culminates in the energy of a wave. Ask any ocean lover – that energy it produces is infectious.

In Scaravelli’s minimal writings on her yoga practice, she refers to the main elements of a yoga practice being: Gravity, Breath and The Wave. There have been various explanations of her meanings. Relating it to the practices of yoga, gravity could be referring to the asana element of it and breath the pranayama element. After exploring these two elements, the wave concept will then reveal itself…

Gravity

Through our movement and our attempts at balancing, we have to work with gravity and be aware of its presence. When we work with it, it holds us and supports us, when we work against it, it makes us stronger. Sometimes this ‘making us stronger’ includes teaching us how to fall! Gravity has a way of reminding us of its presence – “bringing us back down to earth” – if we forget.

Breath

One of the best ways NOT to fall out of a balancing posture, is to connect with your breath. Breathing brings us more into our bodies, whilst at the same time, connects us with our surroundings. It’s the ultimate balancing practice when it comes to balancing our inner and outer worlds. In an asana practice, when we connect our movement, and stillness, with the breath, we become more grounded (gravity) and sometimes can even defy gravity through a calm balance. We have to work very hard when we try to balance by fighting gravity with our muscles. By simply adding the lightness of breath, we learn to float!

Wave

So now we come to the ‘Wave’. The Wave is what happens when we combine the first two: Gravity & Breath. Think of a physical ocean wave… we have the energy flowing in the water, that gains momentum the further it travels, when it hits some kind of opposing force below, the water lifts up against gravity. The air (or wind), going with or against it, determines what shape it starts to make and how long it can defy gravity for, until ultimately it “breaks”, crashing back down to earth and onto the shore. This same energy process is happening inside of us in our yoga practice. Combining breath with movement, or stillness, we are impacting the water within us in the same way the air is impacting the ocean. The Wave is the energy we experience, in various shapes and forms, throughout these practices.

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