One of my dreams is to become anatomy geek. For some reason, anatomy resist to me… or I do? It is like those names of poses in Sanskrit: I can do it, but somehow inside there is a resistance. Why should I say “Uttanasana” and nearly nobody in the class know what I am talking about when I can just say: Bend forward… and they do? We can discuss for ages about tradition and vibration of Sanskrit words, I still believe that yoga is about SIMPLICITY and for the moment it is what I m craving (and of corse like all desires it is escaping me).
Same for anatomy. I feel overwhelmed on yoga teacher trainings with all cuff rotators and anteriors tilts. I m wondering if I need the Google Translate during some asana practices with great teachers (and I guess that this is why they are great?) because their instructions are to my ears like when my husband is watching danish movies in V.O. in the kitchen (why the heck he watch it is V.O.???) without earphones.
So…let’s face it.
Amazingly enough, when you are ready, the teacher cross your path. After 2 and half years of love affaire with my osteopath Anne, I have a confirmation: she is a being from another realm. I call her privately my Angel since I met her. She is beautiful. She is radiating light. She is taciturn which is all I need to blablabing my stories and pains. She is keeping me going trough just everything. I know… osteopath? Yes! The body is not only bones and muscles, it is all energy work, and emotions, and breath, and food, and belief system and bliss… but Anne create the space. The happy space in my body that in yoga we call SUKHA. She did not know it, but I do, and it is all I need. I can just let go of everything, I don’t need to be the pillar, to be the hub, to decide, to assume, to DO. With Anne, I can just BE. She take care and she take charge of everything. No talks, no advices, no judgments. Just me and her and beautiful silence of togetherness. Anne is “my person”.
Anne is also anatomy geek. So we started to share. And today, I spend the morning with her. So honored to be her first client ever to have privilege to intrude to the private space of her cozy home. I do it in my style: I was just everywhere. Poor Anne… but she took care of me like usual and I was pampered during 3 hours.
I also discovered that we share the same taste for the simplicity of teaching and learning. Why to go for some complicated language and concept. Let’s make it simple.
So, if you don,t feel offended by the lack of scholar attitude towards anatomy, here are my “hints” about basic concepts. Today it is all about ABDUCTION and ADDUCTION.
ABDUCTION:Abduction refers to a motion that pulls a structure or part away from the midline of the body (or, in the case of fingers and toes, spreading the digits apart, away from the centerline of the hand or foot). Abduction of the wrist is called radial deviation. Raising the arms laterally, such as when skiing, is an example of abduction at the shoulder. (wikipedia)
Open your arms
And spread your wings
As you are born to fly
In your birthright of Freedom
Let the Lightness ABDUCT you
For the ride towards Happiness
You Can Do It!
In case the concept is still not clear, here we go:
ADDUCTION: Adduction refers to a motion that pulls a structure or part toward the midline of the body, or towards the midline of a limb. Dropping the arms to the sides, or bringing the knees together, are examples of adduction. In the case of the fingers or toes, adduction is closing the digits together. Adduction of the wrist is called ulnar deviation. Bringing the arms closer to the body is an example of adduction at the shoulder. :590-1 The inner thigh houses some adductors, including the adductor brevis, adductor longus, adductor magnus, and pectineus. Thelatissimus dorsi is a good example for the humerus.
And again, my version for Dummies!
Don’t be afraid
Don’t be needy
Don’t be alone
It is in your power to be Loved
Just hug yourself and ADD (uction) the Love
You need so desperately
to your Life
You Can Do It!
Oh yes, we can do it! Remember that the Self-Love is the Love we have to give to ourselves. If we are waiting for somebody else to do so, it is not Self-Love, it is Other-Love !
And if it still too difficult, the illustration of ADDUCTION can be practiced with the tree. Just Hug The Tree!