7 Dimensions of the Body
A Dimension is a direction of opening and strengthening in the body. It may also be considered as the energization of the body in a particular position. The body has Seven Foundational Dimensions:
The physical aspects of the Bheemashakti Yoga System are intended to transform the body quickly and effectively. Because of the unique constitution of each individual, it is important to ensure that the proper preparation is taken in a progressive manner. For this reason, physical practice is introduced in two phases: Dimensional Practice and Asana Practice.
The initial phase of the Bheemashakti Yoga System focuses on conditioning the student's physical capability. A combination of breathing techniques and dynamic exercises (Kriya) begins the process of Energizing, Opening, and Preparing the body (EOP Process). Utilizing the Seven Dimensions of the Body Concept in tandem with the EOP Process creates balance of strength and flexibility. A systematic unfolding of the foundational and expansion exercises of the Seven Dimensions (Dimensional Practice) provides a strong foundation for improving the state of the body.
* Combined with diet, meditation, and pranayama, Dimensional Practice is all one needs for optimal health and wellness.
Contrary to most popular western yoga forms, the BYS does not begin students with a sequence of postures (asana). Instead, it introduces the preliminary phase of Dimensional Practice, then graduates to instruction in Asanas. When the major blockages in the body have been healed through the Dimensional Practice, repetition of specific posture sequences will continue the refinement and mastery of the body. By this time, the practitioner has gained great insight and wisdom into what it takes to achieve advanced asanas and how to practice them. Additionally, more therapeutic benefits of the postures themselves may be experienced through correct execution.
* Asana Practice may not be necessary for all students.