Water is deep.
When I teach my Water modules, students are often surprised at the depth of the practice. They have presupposition that a Water practice would be flowy, fun, light. Sort of like free-form ballet. The surprise is that water isn’t that. After Earth, water is the heaviest of the natural elements. Try carrying a bucket of water. It isn’t light at all!
A Water practice is designed to move and activate (heavy) water in the body and in the psyche.
Water is our emotional residence. Want to get in touch with your emotions? Get in touch with your water. In the alchemical process of transformation, we have to get to the bottom of things first. I keep repeating myself, but I think that I have to. We can’t skip steps and quickly jump to our gold, to the prize. We have to get down and dirty and see what’s real in the Earth element. We have to dive down to the bottom of the ocean of our being, swim around, check out what’s hiding in our depths.
We have to observe, feel and accept that status of our emotional body. Does it need more movement? Is it dried out, thirsty? Are we out of touch with our emotions? Do we have difficulty empathizing with others? Or do we have destructive tidal waves of emotions? Do we allow our emotions to rule us? Do we live in an overwhelmingly emotional reality? Or somewhere in between.
We have to measure the currents of our ocean.
We need to acknowledge where are emotionally stuck, where we are hurt. We need to acknowledge the memories that we are holding onto.
We need to be able to feel.
And then step back.
Recognize that the emotional body is an emotional reality, but it is not the Truth.
We dissolve artifice to get to the truth.
Getting in contact with our water is necessary for the alchemical process as this is also where we start to break down artificial structures. In classical alchemy, this phase is called Dissolution. We dissolve what is untrue—destructive patterns, habits that keep us in a state of stagnation, beliefs about the way things are or they way life should be, beliefs about who we are, who others are. We dissolve beliefs in the stories that we tell about ourselves, about the world. Here, all that is not Truth starts to break down.
This breaking down happen essentially in the mind as we become fully immersed in the unconscious and the irrational parts of being.
This is where we recognize the power of water to destroy, break down, dissolve and cleanse.
I am willing to dissolve artificial structures.
I am courageous enough to feel.
I am strong enough not to drown in my feelings.
Keywords for Water :
Yoga for activating the water element:
Water is more about the quality of movement than specific poses, although hip openers do activate water.
- Spirals - neck, wrists, ankles, spine
- Ondulating - in the spine, like rippling water
- Avoiding straight lines in the arms - allow the arms to move organically, like floating on or moving through water.
I want you to dive into your water like a deep sea diver. Be totally immersed, but be observant behind your diving mask. Come up for air when needed.