See the Annual Report for more details 🙂
Confirmations from the charities (FIAPO and International Animal Rescue) coming soon 🙂
You’ll find Animalia Asana’s Annual Report for 2018-19 here.
- The chicken is the closest living relative of the T-rex! Chickens are descendents from the jungle fowl of SE Asia.
- Cockerels are renown for their dawn “cock-a-doodle-doooooo” calls.
- There are now more chickens in the world than humans (vastly hidden away in huge sheds), due to our exploitation of chickens for meat and eggs. Sadly, cockerels have long been used in cockfighting around the world.
- A cockerel is a young male chicken, so this posture may inspire us to connect with more masculine energies within and around ourselves.
- Cockerels are associated with the sun and the dawn of wisdom. They are associated with an assertive quality.
- This posture features in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (a 15th century text on hatha yoga). The hands and forearms represent the feet and legs of the cockerel. Let us begin or continue the process of de-othering and connect with chickens!
- Within the human animal body, this posture activates the shoulders, wrists and arms. The core also strongly contracts to help lift the legs. The chest puffs forward. NB: images do not portray the posture to its fullest expression.
- If it is a struggle to squeeze the arms through the legs, you can place the hands next to the thighs instead. If padmasana (full lotus) is not available, you can simply cross the legs or try with just one leg bent in if required. You can even sit on a chair and push down onto the chair with your hands, still imbibing the other qualities behind the physicality of the posture. Even if no lift is observed, you are still benefiting from the pushing and heading in the same direction. Direction over position! Visualizing the posture is also always an option.
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“Embracing all that has come before us can help us to appreciate who we are as a species, to deal with the human condition and to respect the profound teaching that process has to offer. This can help us to become ecological human beings that are more at one with nature and to find the wisdom this humility provides. Understanding who we are can develop from an awareness not only of what makes us unique, but also of the commonality we share with animals. Much of what we have to learn simply comes from honoring what already is. Appreciating the nature of life can support our creativity and thus our intelligence can shine and differentiate.“ ~ Leo Peppas
Leo has created some stunning imagery around some of the animal yoga postures. He is kindly sharing these with Animalia Asana. We look forward to his forthcoming book, which is keeping us all in suspense and is sure to offer as much inspiration and grounding for our explorations into the animal element within yoga. Leo offers mentoring programmes for other yoga teachers and shares specialist workshops on the asanas and the ir origins (developmental movement patterns). We all have to wait patiently for his visit to our own respective countries or save up to visit another country he is due to share his valuable insights with… exciting! Take a look at some samples of his work. Thanks so much for your support, Leo!
See them all on SoundCloud.
- Shree Pashupatinath – calling on the great protector of animals
- Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu – may all beings be free and happy, and may my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom for all
- Sarvabhutahita – kindness and dedication to all creatures
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Animalia Asana® trying to speak up for broadening the circle of compassion from 1:30 in if anyone’s interested! :-p 😉
In the discussion following the Yoga & Science speakers section of the IYN Conference 2018.