A couple of miscalculations that were surprisingly quickly and easily corrected transformed yesterdays lousy samasthiti into todays perfectly illustrated samasthiti.
Then by just changing 3 numbers – a leg is raised:
And of course – the control points are only optional:
Next up – making this all interactive: making the control points clickable and dragable on the screen and then translating their movement into changes in the posture – which is much easier and more fun to do then calculating and changing numbers.
I haven’t been writing much over the last few days and probably will be writing less in the coming days (if not beyond that) because I am caught up in an experiment. I though to write a few words about the experiment.
It’s a completely messed up visual result but it has a few great things going for it: (1) it exists; (2) there is a head; (3) there are 14 limbs (which is the number I was planning for). I hope over the next few days to debug and review some of the calculations that led to this result and to achieve a much better one (granted this result should be pretty easy to top).
If/when this works it will be possible to easily:
- Create endless variations of two-dimensional postures by simply dragging joints around on the screen.
- Build a generic quality online asana library that teachers and students can easily tailor for specific needs.
- Construct practice sequences that can be illustrated for both on screen and printing resolutions.
- Enable practitioners to maintain a log of their evolving practices.
- Enable teachers to create and share online sample practices.
- and much more …
There are still many steps to take until this becomes something usable, but for now a messed up samasthiti is satisfying progress for me 🙂
I’ve been playing around with stick-figures that are used to describe Yoga asana (postures). I am experimenting with an application that will make it possible to easily illustrate quality stick figures – and then use those figures to describe practice sequences (here’s an example).
Inevitably this is leading me into an in depth examination of movement. So naturally I gravitated toward looking at movement – and that provided me with a basic model. But the more I looked the more I realized that I should be looking not just at movement – but at limitations as well.
Limitations define the boundaries of movement.
Limitations make it possible to have and hold posture with little effort.
Limitations create unique individuals.
Limitations give us direction.
Limitations sustain us by creating a point of departure from which movement is possible.
Limitations are both fluid and rigid.
Limitations define us and challenge us.
Thank you for visiting with me today. It seems that recently you have been spending more time with Andreea. I think she will be happy and relieved to hear that we are also communicating. She is sometimes saddeded and frustrated that I am not a part of your conversation. She sometimes mistakes it to mean that I am not with her and you.
There is a popular saying that “when you are ready a teacher will appear”. If that is the case then I have already been blessed in this lifetime as I’ve been gifted with teachers and teachings. Yet there is still an unquenched thirst for something more. Sometimes I wonder if this is the nature of thirst – to keep appearing and to keep demanding quenching.
In one of my recent conversations with Andreea you came up. I realized that I was taught that being a parent is a responsibility – that a parent needs to take care of a child. I now believe that to be half a truth at best. Though as a parent I will be responsible for your physical and mental well being, I now recognize that it is you who carries the heavier burden. You come to us as a teacher. You are strong and brave enough to bind yourself to our indulgences and wise enough to show us the way towards something better. I do not have a doubt that you will escape the inevitable chains we will place upon you, I can only hope that we will be able to keep up and follow you.
I now know that it isn’t up to me to “bring you into the world”. It is your call to make, it is your choice, it is your responsibility to carry us forward. I can understand your hesitation. I am not sure I would choose me 🙂 But I can honestly say we are doing the best we can to act with clear and loving intentions in everything we do, including you. This life has so far been dominated by difficult lessons in patience and faith. These are now a great support for us in our relationship with you.
We can feel you near us. You are with us. We trust you to know when the time is right to join us in body. We are looking forward to finally meeting you.