Monday, May 21, 2012

Brain map, your reproductive system, addictions and tadasana

(The image of the brain ma  giving a representation of how much space each of our body parts have in our brain. This is called the homunculus man in biology)

I first discovered the homunculus man in the Bihar school of yoga books. It was a very exciting discovery, because it explained so much about the prominence of mudras -- hand gestures -- in yoga.  Yogic mudras exploit this prominence of hand in the brain to heal areas which may otherwise be unreachable.
And the homunculus man also explained a lot to me about  why some poses are regarded as cure-all poses. (The stuff about mudras, I keep talking of in this space. About the ankle/foot and toes also, I write a lot. )

If u see closely, u will find that the genitals are closely placed to the foot and toes. This may explain why many of the  disease-curing poses service the legs a lot. Not just because of the connection between reproductive system, as many people immediately think, to sex but also because more importantly because this system manages all our moods -- neurochemicals here decide your personality oxytocin (love hormone), dopamine (adventure hormone), serotonin (feel good hormone), amongst others. Not just orgasm, but also other feelings like keenness to learn new things, a sense of adventure, memory, love for the community, anger, helplessness, contentment are played out by the flow of these hormones. What you call feelings are actually the flow of these chemicals and yoga constantly seeks to harmonise and regulate their flow.

. Perhaps the yogis guessed, very intuitively, that if you regulated the system, you could get organised mentally also. And that will put an end to many psychosomatic diseases. That is why ankle-locking poses -- lotus, vajrasana -- are regarded as healing. So also the other poses which you may call ankle poses -- the classic tadasana -- for example is a powerful cure-all pose, with practically no contraindication, and used powerfully for weight loss even.


See the representation for mouth? It is huge in the homunculus man -- which may explain why when depressed, we reach instinctively for food (or other addictions involving the mouth -- recreational drugs, cigarette, drinking, etc!!).

Practising yoga seems to contain addictions too, for this reason. Below is another version of the homunculus man -- which shows how big a representation the mouth has!!

As also the sense organs, though not as much, but big enough -- explaining why when I see someone acting with an OCD behavior, or externalise/extrovert their mind (adjusting the mat constantly, reacting to others in the yoga class, being aware of them though they may actually not even talk to them!!)  I feel convinced that they may trouble with some balancing poses -- like the crow, headstand, or the scorpion ...

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