I’ve been committed to yoga for over three years now, however, being able to focus on my asana practice in-depth is a whole new experience. Right now, I am focusing on the connection between the chest, rib cage, diaphragm and pelvic floor.
I’ve often heard the word “contained” used to talk about how to keep the lower ribs from flaring when in poses – particularly ones like Warrior I and II as well as the foundational Tadasana. Over the past two weeks, another word was introduced to me to help with this connection – “magnetize.” To me, magnetize works so much better as it still elicits a sense of energy passing through the body. As I engage my core, pelvic floor and pull my lower ribs in, I can feel the magnetization along the diaphragm (which is an incredible muscle that spans from the lower rib cage – just above the stomach – down the back and then along the pelvic floor) as I pull everything up and in toward my heart centre.
As I think about the magnetization, it immediately engages the rest of my muscle groups whether in Plank Pose or in a seated twist. Setting aside time for visualization before, during and after practice on this magnetization is helping as I learn new poses and re-try some of those that have previously scared me (I’m talking about you Side Crow!).
The nice thing for me about this idea of “magnetization” is that it can also be applied in other areas of our lives. We attract and hold those things we desire. Just as a kitchen magnet desires the safe adhesive space of a fridge door, we can manifest those things in our lives we desire as well…relationships, financial security, adventure or peace in our everyday life. As I magnetize, I feel stronger and more in control, not just of the poses I am committing to on the mat, but also those things in my life that I seek.
How are you managing this? Does the idea of “magnetization” resonate with you?