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Breathing, Mudras and Meridians

Direct Experience of Embodiment

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The word “embodied” is one of those terms, such as “grounded” or “centered” that can be discussed forever without being experienced.

Defining embodiment, though, can be quite tricky, because much of what is taught in western societies about the body devalues the felt experience.

The categories of formal learning, particularly anatomy and physiology, are taught with the fundamental source being cadavers (dead bodies), and conceptualizations that do not include our own vitality, or life force.  Without the felt experience, embodiment is just another concept that can be discussed ad nauseum. The felt experience (or “phenomenology” in academic-speak) is the path away from these endless discussions and conceptual befuddlement.

This book provides a basic training on how to become aware of our physiological functioning and our sense of vitality. A part of this training comes from becoming hyper-aware of how we breathe. This awareness makes it possible to feel our own organs and how they function and interrelate. To help us refine our awarenesses of our own organs we are entirely fortunate to learn and practice methods, developed over thousands of years by Indian and Chinese cultures.

With these fundamentals this book leads us through a series of connected experiences using mudras to feel our organs, the flows of our life force (Qi) and the flow of that life force through our meridians. From that we learn to feel our own chakras and sushumna (central channel), and our ability to perceive our connections with our environment and ecosystem. This then provides the basis for a body sense of our spiritual existence and development. Thus the definition of embodiment evolves into deeper awareness within our bodies and deeper connection to the world.

 

 

Introduction

Chapter 1- Anatomy as an organizing principle

Chapter 2 – Health and vitality

Chapter 3 – Placing the breath

Chapter 4 – The organs

Chapter 5 – Skin breathing

Chapter 6 – Ujjayi breathing

Chapter 7 – Mudras for supporting diaphragms and organs

Chapter 8 – Mudras for chakras and the central channel

Chapter 9 – Diaphragms revisited

Chapter 10 – Vayus

Chapter 11 – Five elements revisited

Chapter 12 – Using mudras to experience meridians

Chapter 13 – A tour of the meridians

Chapter 14 – Samana vayu and primary respiration

Chapter 15 – Claiming inner spaciousness

Chapter 16 – Embodying transcendence

Bibliography

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Bill HARVEY

Bill Harvey has been a Certified Rolfer since 1984, Certified Advanced Rolfer since 1990, Rolf Movement Practitioner since 1999, and Biodynamic Craniosacral practitioner since 1984.

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Breathing, Mudras and Meridians

Direct Experience of Embodiment

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  Buy eBook >

The word “embodied” is one of those terms, such as “grounded” or “centered” that can be discussed forever without being experienced.

Defining embodiment, though, can be quite tricky, because much of what is taught in western societies about the body devalues the felt experience.

The categories of formal learning, particularly anatomy and physiology, are taught with the fundamental source being cadavers (dead bodies), and conceptualizations that do not include our own vitality, or life force.  Without the felt experience, embodiment is just another concept that can be discussed ad nauseum. The felt experience (or “phenomenology” in academic-speak) is the path away from these endless discussions and conceptual befuddlement.

This book provides a basic training on how to become aware of our physiological functioning and our sense of vitality. A part of this training comes from becoming hyper-aware of how we breathe. This awareness makes it possible to feel our own organs and how they function and interrelate. To help us refine our awarenesses of our own organs we are entirely fortunate to learn and practice methods, developed over thousands of years by Indian and Chinese cultures.

With these fundamentals this book leads us through a series of connected experiences using mudras to feel our organs, the flows of our life force (Qi) and the flow of that life force through our meridians. From that we learn to feel our own chakras and sushumna (central channel), and our ability to perceive our connections with our environment and ecosystem. This then provides the basis for a body sense of our spiritual existence and development. Thus the definition of embodiment evolves into deeper awareness within our bodies and deeper connection to the world.

 

 

Introduction

Chapter 1- Anatomy as an organizing principle

Chapter 2 – Health and vitality

Chapter 3 – Placing the breath

Chapter 4 – The organs

Chapter 5 – Skin breathing

Chapter 6 – Ujjayi breathing

Chapter 7 – Mudras for supporting diaphragms and organs

Chapter 8 – Mudras for chakras and the central channel

Chapter 9 – Diaphragms revisited

Chapter 10 – Vayus

Chapter 11 – Five elements revisited

Chapter 12 – Using mudras to experience meridians

Chapter 13 – A tour of the meridians

Chapter 14 – Samana vayu and primary respiration

Chapter 15 – Claiming inner spaciousness

Chapter 16 – Embodying transcendence

Bibliography

Paperback, eBook
978-1-909141-86-5
1
208
Over 100 full color line drawings and photographs
246x189
Published
30 June 2021
Handspring Publishing

£33.00 GBP / $45.00 USD

Movement, Mind-body Therapies, Massage Therapy

Claim 10% discount off your copy of Breathing, Mudras and Meridians when you preorder using coupon code harveyprepub

Bill HARVEY

Bill Harvey has been a Certified Rolfer since 1984, Certified Advanced Rolfer since 1990, Rolf Movement Practitioner since 1999, and Biodynamic Craniosacral practitioner since 1984.

Read More ›

You may also be interested in:

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