Compass-And-Old-Map

Hello Everyone,
 
I love maps.  They bring back memories of childhood vacations; mapping out routes and dreaming about destinations. To me unfolding a map means adventure, the unknown, and going on a journey.
 
This weekend Bostonians voted to choose a new subway map and map expert Max Roberts spoke on National Public Radio about what makes a subway map great.  He said that he looks for five different things in good design.  I’ve summarized them below.

Simplicity of line trajectories– lines should be straight, not zigzagged.

Coherence– has to do with overall shape and organization of map, things like parallel lines.

Balance– not having all the stations crushed up in one section and lots of space in another.

Harmony– is about the elements of a map that people find likable like crossing at 90 degree angles.
(Achieving this all without distorting the geography too much.)

We can think of our body as a map and incorporate these design elements into our poses to find more ease and better alignment.
Let’s use Tadasana (mountain pose) as an example:
 
Simplicity of line trajectories–  from the side center of ankle should line up with knee, center of hip, shoulder and ear.
 
Coherence– paying attention to overall shape of pose and feeling engaged and connected.  Feet parallel to each other and a connection throughout the body. Grounding through feet and feeling engagement all the way through crown of head.
 
Balance– equal weight in left and right foot, front and back of foot, neutral pelvis, steadiness and ease in both the breath and the posture.
 
Harmony– a pleasing arrangement of parts- feeling good in the pose!

Come to practice. Be a map. Unfold yourself and go on an adventure.
 
See you on the mat!
 
Namaste,
 
Kim Metz
RYT 200
 
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park