perspective

In 1889 the Eiffel Tower was built for the Paris World’s Fair, topping out at 1,056 feet.  At the time, it was the tallest man made structure in the world and became the symbol of Paris overnight.  Designed by Gustave Eiffel, its remote inspiration was the human body, the tower was imagined as a kind-hearted giant, grounded with spread legs in the middle of Paris.

The Eiffel Tower represented the cultural changes of seeing and perspectiveThe greatest thing about the Tower was not seeing the Tower from the ground but seeing the ground from the Tower.  For most people that had spent their entire lives at ground level, this was an amazing experience for them to see the world from a new perspective.  Seeing in this way was a pivotal moment in human consciousness.

Practicing inversions in yoga is a great way that we can shift ourselves to see new perspective.  People occupy space in 2 ways-upright or lying down- rarely or never do we find ourselves with our head on the ground extending the feet overhead reaching up toward the sky.  So we shift our body to pivot our consciousness.

By practicing inversions such as sirsasana (head stead), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (hand stand), and Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) your body takes the shape of the Eiffel Tower and you see the world with new perspective.  You gain new information, understanding, and insight.  When you take the viewpoint of looking from the outside-in, the inside-out, or the upside-down you learn more about yourself, others, and nature.  From the famous words of a friend- the more you know…the more you know.  This knowledge of seeing yourself, others, or situations from new perspectives will facilitate self-growth and an open heart.

How to do headstand click here

Robert Huges, The Shock of the New

Great article about perspective click here

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