Did you know that symbols and architecture of many ancient civilizations imply a synchronistic source of higher inspiration?
There are some close parallels in the meaning and formations of pyramids of the Ancient Maya to the Pyramids in Ancient Egypt and the serpent sculptures of MesoAmerica to Angkor Wat in Cambodia (Mayan Yoga).
Drawings in Maya codices, on ceramics, sculpted figurines, carved panels and stela depict priests and rulers in poses using hand signs (mudra), chanting (mantra) or doing breathing exercise (pranayama).
Many works of art show people seated in meditation postures similar to those found all over the east, especially Angkor Wat.
Could it be possible that Mesoamerican people arrived from long sea voyages from Polynesia, Japan, China, and even India bringing with them an eastern cultural heritage?
Similar to the Kundalini yoga concept, the Mayans believed that we can access a higher power through our breath, the life force energy, known as Kultunlilni to the Maya. The Maya believed in the existence of a trinity with knowledge of the three universes composed of the Jaguar (material), the Serpent (mind) and the Bird (spirit). Combining the mind and spirit (serpent, and quetzal bird) into the quetzalcoatyl mirrored the process of Hindu Kundalini energy rising, to describe the movement of the yogic energy in the human body. Through the snake-like spine, the mind-body-spirit concentration of breathing exercises leads to a blissful state, that can be described as awakening.
Learn more about yoga philosophy in Ancient Mayan culture in my blog: Becoming the Jaguar in Palenque.
Experience a Mind-Body-Spirit connection for yourself this weekend as we practice breathing exercises and lengthening of our spine at Yoga in the Rotunda and Fun Yoga on the Bay.
Take a closer look at the Stela replicas and artifacts of the Ancient Maya in the rotunda at the San Diego Museum of Man.
Hannah seeks to find relationships between nature, cultures, yoga, and art through her writing.
Fun Yoga On the Bay
Travel the world with me through yoga!
These themed lessons are fun for all ages and levels at Mission Bay Park.
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