Beyond doubt Desi Springer infiltrated many new ideas into the world of yoga. It does not seem that she did so because she didn’t like the ancient yoga very much – after years of practicing it. Instead of an antagonism she began to take her own needs seriously. Step by step this made her leave the default alignments.
Practicing the Bowspring alignment you will see that the vertebrae of Th 12 plays a prominent role. It is the spot where the poses are changing from the two dimensional into the three dimensional world. Desi’s most beautiful creation – the Nila Chandrasana – shows this passage from one world into another world exemplarily: as long as Ardha Chandrasana is kept in between two imagined walls Nila Chandrasana makes you opening the chest up by not turning up the hips simultaneously (only later you can do so going on to Wheel pose). The middle-upper spine uses the mobility of Th 12 vertebrae to take another direction than the lower curvy spine (same in Trikonasana…).
Once in Wheel pose the spine is already divided in two sections. We are not pressing the hips nor the groins up into a c-curve only. Instead of keeping attention to the back side of the body deepening the pose by engaging the gluteos and as a consequence the musculi multifidi and the chain of muscles along the spine up to the head. The empowered focus on the backside of the body as a starting point of the asanas is a main merit of Desi Springer. Her discovery of the meaningful function of a lifted tailbone in co-work with a fully expanded upper back established the basis.
All of her discoveries – same as a forward (through the arms) striving heart in former Down dog – intend to evolve at once power and lightness in the same time to the practitioner. I am sure that it was never Desi’s utmost concern to be very different from other ideas of alignments. Consequently listening to the voice of her nature she began to be so – different, revolutionary, scandalous.
John Friend once noticed that the only things the modern western yoga added to the ancient Indian are music and tattoos. Although this is a pointed remark it shows the way of the search of the two originators: they love to explore and extend nature’s beauty within the ancient concern of all forms of spirituality – how to increase mindfulness, the sensitive connection to the whole and its technical wisdom of the laws of the god-given Creation.
I am sure Desi would sign this quote of a humanist: „I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve“ (Albert Schweitzer).
yoga space berlin – wedding (June 2016)