“The practice of yoga is a life long occupation. In many ways, it is a discipline
unlike any other. Its benefits to our health and well-being are extensive, and prolific. There is such a vast degree of variance in the levels of accomplishment that we can observe among yoga practitioners, primarily because success in yoga depends so much simply on one’s own level of understanding. Another important factor is one’s own degree of discipline, and often we can observe a correlation between these. Often when we have more understanding, we become inspired to seek greater discipline. And the hard work pays off by giving us a greater understanding, and helping to create a positive feedback cycle.
When we observe the movement quality and posture of an accomplished yogi, or any advance athlete, it is a striking and captivating thing to behold. It can be rather hypnotic to watch a skillful mover in action. Having a greater understanding of the art allows us to see and appreciate even more. The intrigue of this display lies in the exemplification of qualities such as balance, fluidity, power, control, precision, efficiency and others. These are words one may typically use to describe skillful movement. But what is taking place on a deeper level than all of this is something we are less likely to associate with skillful movement. Words such as symmetry, contiguous, center and periphery, or equilateral, are words one might associate with still images, and geometric forms. Yet these kinds of things are what the mover thinks about and strives to imitate in the execution of their movements. These are the things taking place at the deeper level that produce what we see on the surface.
Even if we are not elite athletes, we all still can benefit from having an
understanding of our body and how it operates. This kind of knowledge will enable us to take better care of our body and to recover from injuries and physical set backs. The information in this book is for everyone who wants to improve the functioning of their body, not just yogis. Most of us have issues with some part of our body that is misaligned or lacking in coordination. It is a wonderful experience to overcome such difficulties, and to become capable of things that you were not capable of before. Through careful study of the body and a dedication to practicing, we can outgrow our former limitations. This is a very basic human need. The practice of yoga is something that has grown out of this need. Through close inspection and a thorough understanding of yoga, we will discover that its many aspects and practices are not superfluous, they are refined to the utmost degree. It is our own lack of understanding that makes the practices appear mystical, or superstitious. When we let go of these obscurities of perception, we find a wealth of knowledge that can elevate our state of being and continue to be a source of support throughout our lives.
As we continue our practice of yoga through the years, we are cultivating and
maintaining the strength and health of our bodies, and refining our skills over time. As our understanding also increases, these will improve even more. To increase this understanding, we need to look at the effects of what we are doing, and the reasons why these actions are effective in the way that they are. Then we can realize the deeper process behind the physical practice, and witness the fundamental laws of nature at work. Understanding these fundamentals allows one to always know the best way to practice. The practice becomes refined in the most advantageous way automatically when one works from the deeper level. To master the principles of yoga on the deeper level takes one beyond the need of continuing the practice in the same way as before. Only then is one truly able to transcend to the next level.
The fundamental laws of nature operate in accordance with sacred geometric
principles. It is the controlling geometry for all natural processes and structures. The human body is no exception to this. This book explores in detail the sacred geometric principles found in nature, the human body and the practice of yoga. When taking into consideration the meaning and purpose of yoga practice, we find that this topic is a broad one indeed. The word yoga means union, and in regards to the spiritual practice, it means achieving oneness with all things. In this book, we will see many correlations among natural phenomena in the world around us, and gain amazing insights into the classical teachings of the masters of yoga. Through understanding the sacred geometric basis that underlies our reality, the idea of unity with all things can be truly understood.”
-Samuel Palmer, Introduction to Yoga And Sacred Geometry
“Tensegrity is a term coined by Buckminster Fuller, who is famous for his work with polyhedrons and the use of their geometric principles in his architectural designs. The term “tensegrity” is a contraction of tensional integrity, which describes the forces that are at work to give a tensegrity structure its form and stability. All of the components are arranged in a regular geometric pattern and held together by a web of tensile material, such that any local stress will be instantly distributed throughout the entire structure, making it both pliable and resilient.”
“This type of structure has some unique properties that mimic those of the cells, organs, and bodies of organisms. At the cellular and molecular level, it is easy to observe how the principle of tensegrity in biology coincides with sacred geometric form. The molecules of our DNA are arranged in arrays of regular hexagons, pentagons, and such. The cell’s membrane is made up of fat and protein molecules that are joined together to form a lattice. Any localized pressure on the exterior of the membrane will be distributed equally throughout the entire membrane, giving it much greater resilience and structural integrity. The same principle can be used again to describe the structure of the body as a whole. The bones of the skeleton are all held in place by a network of connective tissues. The tension in these provides for the stability and the mobility of the body. Also, as the body is compressed, the stress is distributed throughout the entire body, maximizing its resilience.”
“Although Bucky Fuller is credited with giving us the widely used and concise
term “tensegrity”, the principle itself is as old as the universe. It is a relatively recent development that this principle is gaining recognition and use in the fields of biology, medical science, physical therapy, and robotics by notable individuals including Donald Ingber, Steven Levin, Tom Myers, Tom Flemons, Serge Gracovetsky, Vytas Sunspiral, and others. These individuals have all realized the promise and potential of the tensegrity principle and applied it to their own unique purposes. When we look more deeply into this principle, we see that it is based on the balancing of forces demonstrated by sacred geometry. In this book, I am showing that the body as a whole not only functions as a tensegrity structure, it also is formed to be consistent with the sacred geometric forms observed in the platonic solids. One could anticipate this, as the link between function and form is ever present.
To get a better understanding of the body’s geometric dimensions, we have to
look at the whole structure at once, not just in portions. However, once the overall controlling geometry is understood, it can be seen again in the various parts and regions, just as in a fractal. The true value of this knowledge goes far beyond the reach of robotics and orthopedic surgery. It isn’t about building a replica or altering the body with surgery. This kind of awareness enables us to perfect our body awareness and movement patterns, which gradually improve and enhance the functioning of the body, making us less dependent on surgery or robots. We can use this information to greatly increase our longevity and our capacity to heal ourselves, improve our physical skills and abilities, and even heighten our awareness to perceive more subtle realms of reality. In this book, I am showing how knowledge of the body’s geometry can help us to understand the body and the self from one’s own perspective for the purpose of self healing and self mastery.”
-Samuel Palmer, Yoga And Sacred Geometry
"Yoga And Sacred Geometry" Samuel Palmer's second book.
This book reveals the controlling geometry that underlies the structure of the human body and shows how we can use this knowledge to refine and perfect our yoga practice, gain insight into the true purpose of yoga and become a master of your body. Packed with marvelous full color illustrations.
e-book, 172 pages. 3D Computer generated illustrations.