Koru, The Meaning
In Maori design, the koru has a dual meaning. It is commonly used in Maori art as a symbol of creation because of its fluid circular shape. Based on the unfurling fern frond of the native New Zealand silver fern, the circular shape of the koru conveys the idea of perpetual movement, while its inner coil, with rolled up inner leaflets, suggests a return to the point of origin, ‘going back to the beginning’. In the larger scheme, this is a metaphor for the way in which life both changes and stays the same.
Taijitu, The Meaning
The symbol for Yin Yang is called the Taijitu. Most people just call it the yin yang symbol in the west. The taijitu symbol has been found in more than one culture and over the years has come to represent Taoism.
Yin / Yang : Two halves that together complete wholeness. When something is whole, by definition it is unchanging and complete. So when you split something into two halves, it upsets the equilibrium of wholeness. This starts both halves chasing after each other as they seek a new balance with each other. Chaos requires flexibility, an openness to change, and so Yin Yang is often referred to as the starting point for change.
Crown Chakra Color, The Meaning
The Crown or 7th chakra is known as the Sahasrara chakra in Sanskrit and is associated with the colors of violet or purple. Violet is the color of cosmic awareness and cosmic consciousness. It is a unifying color, the color of oneness and spirituality. The energy of this color is very healing and can soothe away pain.
4InspiredMovement, The Meaning
4InspiredMovement is about creating a space for you to learn about your body, how it moves and the stories of your past that it tells if you listen. Life is movement, our bodies are no exception. We are constantly changing, renewing and rebirthing one cell after another. 4InspiredMovement provides you with the opportunity to go “back to the beginning”, re-connect with your body and create something new.
Life is made up of challenges and change and chaos. Having a flexible nature allows a person to navigate the constant flux and shifts in balance. And just as in life, our bodies are in constant flux, never 100% in balance. Yoga on the mat can teach us to listen to our bodies, understand when it is feeling out of balance and through this awareness acknowledge that every yang also has an element of yin and vice versa. We can take this learning way from the mat. Nothing is ever really still nor is it forever, we can seek balance through knowing that every negative action also carries the possibility for positivity.
Research has shown that human connection is the most important element to a happy life. Connecting to your body and breath is vital, as it is through our body that we experience life and our breath our very life force. Yoga, when practiced regularly, can become an avenue for connecting with our spirit, our community, nature and all aspects of our world, as we view it.
4InspiredMovement is founded on the above. But what is it? It is whatever you make it because it is your experience of movement.