We’ll start with the basics of energy. We’ll look at the two main energies associated with performing asana, where they move from and to and how they are consciously manifested in the body.
Muscular Energy moves from the outside inward, toward the core lines of the body. It hugs the muscles to the bones on all sides and integrates the limbs and joints, creating more stability, (stirum). It is this conscious flow of energy that creates over all physical integration, strength and stability in a pose. It draws the various parts of the outer body closer together. By initiating Muscular Energy, we create more awareness and sensitivity. Muscular Energy initiated by and is reflective of the strength of our intentions, desires and will.
Organic Energy moves outward from our center, through the core lines of the body to the periphery or edges. It is a powerfully expanding, lengthening and widening energy that radiates out in all directions. Organic Energy is expressive and lengthens the limbs and opens the joints, widens the limbs away from each other, and expands the muscles and skin away from the core.
These actions are always done in a balanced way for optimal flow of energy and intention. Muscular Energy is always initiated first, then followed by Organic Energy, both are always maintained in balance throughout a posture or a vinyasa or flow of postures.
The Focal Point is the key place of power in the body during and asana. It is the center where Muscular Energy draws into and Organic Energy expands out from and is always located along the central channel or Sushumna.
There are three possible Focal Points depending on the body’s orientation. Generally, the Focal Point shifts to the place of most weight-bearing in the pose with regard to the central axis. There is ever only one active Focal Point in any given pose.
1. Core of the pelvis. (Below the naval and back towards the sacrum. Standing poses)
2. Bottom of the heart. (Down dog, most arm balances)
3. Center of the upper palate in the mouth. (Inversions, setubandha)
(all terms are specific to Anusara Yoga)