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Primitive Postures of Restoration

Primitive Postures of Restoration

“There are four positions of Zen: Lying Zen, Sitting Zen, Standing Zen, and Walking Zen.” Alan Watts   The terms biomimetics and biomimicry come from Ancient Greek: βίος (bios), life, and μίμησις (mīmēsis), imitation, from μιμεῖσθαι (mīmeisthai), to imitate, from μῖμος (mimos), actor. Influenced by Biomimetics or biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. UpRight Movement often refers to nature’s archetype of success for guidance with its rationale in helping you to feel, move, and perform better. Understanding human development from a distant and not so distant past perspective can help us to understand movement in a broader context. The bookends of movement as well as our days is rest; the two are interwoven like a pendulum. Primitive Postures are naturally intended to be restorative. Primitive Postures are the original positions, which movement emerged from and returned back to for rest. The degree to which we are challenged within these Primitive Postures is the degree our restoration and movements are as well. Sitting on the floor in many postures is our birthright: Rising from these Primitive Postures to our full upright bipedal posture uses deeply embedded patterns, postures, and movement. Primitive Postures provide a quick but profound insight into the ease or dis-ease of your biomechanical state. You can learn WHAT these postures are and HOW to assess them. They are profoundly important. If these postures aren’t relaxing and restorative, and if living and moving with ease is valuable to you, then perhaps there is an area ready for some improvement. Standing up from the floor...