Somatic Workshop Series: Navel Radiation (1/3)

Written by Daphne

Daphne is a registered yoga therapist, movement educator, bodyworker, and a specialist in somatic therapy.

February 22, 2022

Navel Radiation Workshop 1/3

The first class of the navel radiation series.

In today’s session, we learn about the core of our body. In the fitness realm, there’s so much emphasis on the core. Most of the time, the core was associated with the much desired AB(S)dominal muscles. Many modalities also explore pelvic lumbar stability, and the iliopsoas complex.

Through the years of teaching and exploration into Body Mind Centering (BMC), I’ve began to explore the concept of the core as the centre of our “being-ness”, located behind the navel space. It is the space in which the umbilical chord connects each of us to our mother during in-utero fetus days. From a developmental perspective, this very core is also the seed in which all the other limbs of our body (arms, legs, head and tail) develops from. It is the centre between the front and back, the top and bottom half, and the 2 sides of our body. It is the centre in our 3-dimensional body moving through 3-dimensional space.

We start off the session with a navel radiation meditation, followed by sensing how the quality of conventional vinyasa movement changes when we initiate such movement from the core, and end off the session with exploratory movement with the weighted ball.

Props required:

  • 1 pair of socks
  • 1 weighted ball (or water bottle)

This post was previously posted on on December 11th 2021.

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