IT’S RELATION TO YOGA/SHAMANISM
In Wisdom of the Body- as we follow the Developmental Sequence- we actually embody the HISTORY OF RELIGION or THE PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY.
In ancient human cultures world- wide we find sun prostrations and related movements as in the Sun Salutation of Indian Yoga.
We also find prostration practices around the world in all religious traditions, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and many others. The various ways of bowing and raising the head all key to the original lift of the babies head and also of course, watching the sun come up. Ultimately we all look for light and warmth.
In WOB we use this instinct of prostration, this history, this movement, this experience, this feeling of the sun. And yes we sometimes do the movements toward the sun, when we can. It is extremely healthy to do so.
At certain points in our sequence of movement we find we are moving less like babies and more like animals and this is to specifically address the animal parts of the brain/limbic system, etc. As the human does have certain aspects in common with the animal kingdom it is important psychologically and ecologically to process this.
This is the TOTEMIC ASPECT of WOB and it fulfills the human need for animal understanding, not as a condescension to the animal kingdom but as RECOGNITION of other species.
At certain points in the WOB sequence you will find the POINTS OF ORIGIN
for the postures of Yoga. You will say, “This is like Yoga”-and it is. But it is both simpler and more profound. The postures of Yoga evolved out of
basic instinctive responses which are rooted in the body, in the nervous system and in the stages of human growth and so also in the history of Shamanism which is after all OPERATIVE RELIGION.
Is WOB a religion?
the origin of the word “religion” means re-ligament or re-tie or reconnect. So the original meaning of religion was to reconnect a person to THEMSELVES. The ancient Greeks saw all learning as remembering who they were. In this way WOB is very much like an ancient religion but it has no direct connection to Institutions of Religion or their Political Parasites and related mind control techniques.
In WOB YOU BECOME YOUR OWN TEACHER.