Those aspects of our physical, visceral lives will relegate to the dark basement of our consciousness will inexorably un-determine the conscious and well-intended projects on the surface of our lives. When Freud said, Anatomy is Destiny” he was, of course, referring to gender. But we now understand that anatomy is destiny in many more ways than that. Paraphrasing Freud, we might rightfully say, too, that “Posture is Destiny”.
There is often a split between thinking and feeling, which shows up as chronic tension in the neck and at the base of the skull. The eyes will be disconnected and unresponsive, as attempts not to see. Joints are frozen, and there is often a deep twisting away from the visceral experience of life.
Try as we might to “transcend” the voice of the body through intellect, sheer will power, spirituality, the subterranean power of our unconscious postures will always hold sway. The deep patterning of the body will undermine our most elaborate rationalizations, ideas, hopes, and fantasies. The entire superstructure of our adult lives is underlain by the primal language of our postures. The primary genius of yoga lies precisely in its recognition of the critical role of the body in the development and transformation of character. Most spiritual paths begin with what yogis call “mental bodies”, thoughts and feelings moving us directly to meditation, contemplation, scriptural study, or prayer. Yogis took a radical step in moving the entry point of spiritual practice right to the body. the yogic traditions, therefore, bring our attention directly to the annamayakosha (the physical body) understanding it to be the doorway to the more subtle interior worlds.