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Table of Contents
                            PRASARA YOGA: Flow Beyond Thought (2007)
Preface
Contents
Introduction
Part One
	Research Impetus
		WHERE'S THE MIND?
		YOGA THAT ISN'T FIXED
		ZENO'S PARADOX: INFINITE DIGRESSION AND MOVEMENT IMPOSSIBILITY
		THE ARROW PARADOX
		NO ABIDING PLACE
		ONGOING EVOLUTION
		RECLAIMING THE PERSONAL PROCESS
	Defining Prasara
		PRASARA YOGA AND THE SPIRIT OF PATANJALI
		VINYASA: THE ART OF BREATH
		PRASARA: THE ART OF MOVEMENT
		FLOW: THE EIGHTH LIMB OF YOGA
	Finding A Balanced Perspective of Hatha Yoga
	Defining Asana In Exercise Physiology
		DEBUNKING THE STRETCHING MYTH
		FLEXIBILITY VERSUS ELASTICITY
		STORED ELASTIC ENERGY AND VISCOSITY
		THE STRETCH REFLEX
		VISCOELASTICITY: FLEXIBILITY IS SPEED SPECIFIC
		HEALTH RISKS OF STATIC STRETCHING
		SHORT-RANGE STIFFNESS
		PLASTICITY CHANGES
		MOBILITY - THE ANTIAGING AGENT
		STATIC STRETCHING VERSUS ASANA
		BALANCE AND PROPRIOCEPTION
		THE DYSFUNCTION OF MIRRORS
	Defining Body Flow In Exercise Physiology
	The Progressive Degress of Body Flow
		THREE PLANES OF MOVEMENT
		THREE AXES OF ROTATION
		SIX DEGREES OF FREEDOM
		PAIN-FREE MOBILITY: WHAT CAUSES PAIN?
		JOINT NUTRITION
		RESOLVING SWELLING
		REHABILITATION
		CHRONIC PAIN CREATES FEAR-REACTIVITY
		DYNAMIC MOBILITY TRAINING
	Defining Bound Flow In Exercise Physiology
	The Progressive Stages of Bound Flow
		Wheel of Dis-Ease
	The Site Is Not The Source
		Quadrants
	Compensatory Movement
		WE ARE HOW AND WHAT WE MOVE!
		NOT MOVING IS A FORM OF MOVING!
	The Biochemistry of the Body Flow
	Good Vibrations
	What Is Fear-Reactivity?
		WE ARE NOT OUR ADDITIONS
		THE PHYSICAL-TO-EMOTIONAL-TO-MENTAL PROCESS
	Adaptation And Progression Fear-Reactivity
		STRESS AROUSAL SCALE
	Tolerance Affects Health, Strenght, and Performance
	The Stress Arousal Syndrome
	What Is The Sixth Sense?
	What Is Proprioception?
	Mental Blueprint and Self-Image
	Threshold of Pain = Threshold of Performance
	Intuitive Practice
		THE PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
		THE BRAIN
	Intuitive Practice: Going To The Edge
	Calisthenics Verses Yoga
	Core Activation Inside Out
		INNER TO OUTER UNIT CORE ACTIVATION
		WHAT IS THE OUTER UNIT?
		WHAT IS THE INNER UNIT?
		DANGERS OF FITNESS CORE TRAINING
		THE FIRING SEQUENCE OF INNER TO OUTER UNIT
		FITNESS CORE TRAINING VERSUS CORE ACTIVATION
		LIKE A STRING OF PEARLS
	Syncing Breath
		BREATH MASTERY SCALE
		DEPTH OF BREATH
		RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DEPTH AND EFFORT
		Skill to Mastery Core Activation Scale
	Perpetual Flow
		THE SUN SALUTATION EXAMPLE
		FINDING A MATCH
		HEMMING IT UP
		ADDING A PATCH
		WE ARE ONLY IN TRANSITION FROM ONE THING TO THE NEXT!
	From Recovery To Coordination To Refinement
	Developing Proper Form
	Conclusion
Part Two
	Forest
	Spider Monkey
	Diving Dolphin
	Tumble Weed
	Flock of Pigeons
Bibliography
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Document Text Contents
Page 1

FLOW BEYOND THOUGHT

Scott Sonnon
The Flow Coach ™

Page 2

Fitness/Holistic Health

Prasara is the Sanskrit term meaning "flow without thought:' Our natural state of peak experience (Samadhi) is one
of relaxation, fluidity, and spontaneity beyond the influence of the ego and its fear-reactivity. In this book, Scott
Sonnon presents his unique approach for realizing the creative expression of the self. If Asana develops structural
integrity, and Vinyasa links breathing, then Prasara allows flow to erupt within us.

Prasara Yoga: Flow Without Thought includes instruction in various basic movements with progressions to these
dynamic "Series J\' flows:

• Flock of Pigeons: hip opener, knee and ankle strengthener

• Diving Dolphin: hams and lumbar release, shoulder and neck opener

• Spider Monkey: chest, shoulder, arm, and upper-back strengthener

• Forest: leg, glute, and core strengthener

• Tumbleweed: hip flexor and psoas synergizer, neck relaxer and strengthener

Prasara is a physical practice of releasing fear, anxiety, and trauma, a practice that
releases one's natural state of grace, one's natural flow. Unlock your innate flow
and find physical, mental, and spiritual expression in motion! Explore and
integrate your breath, structure, and movement to release tension, strengthen the
body, and cultivate personal mastery with Prasara Yoga: Flow Beyond Thought.

Scott Sonnon
Founder of RMAX International and creator of the Circular Strength
Training· System

From an early age, Scott Sonnon faced visual, physical, and mental disabilities, which
led teachers to believe he was unlikely to succeed at anything. But as Scott says, these
"defects" were a blessing that allowed him to see, feel, and think about the world in a
wonderfully unique way. Despite his disabilities, his trek across the world learning
alternative methods of health improvement led him to become an international martial
art champion, an award-winning author, and a globally acclaimed public speaker.

His love for helping others improve their quality of movement, health, and life was
born out of never being able to take for granted what came naturally to everyone else.
Due to poor nutrition, conditioning, and aging, now children, seniors, and even
athletes suffer pain similar to what Scott encountered and overcame. He designed his
programs to prevent accelerating aging of joint and connective tissues, and to give
others with similarly challenging genetics access to the physical and psychological
mastery that can only be described as "flow:'

Now known around the world as The Flow Coach- , he has become an inspiration to
many people by his incredible story of triumph and his passionate dedication to
helping others. Scott now leads the fight against the core issues behind childhood
obeSity and the accelerated aging leading to arthritis. To aid the "walking wounded"
like himself, his courses can be found in every VA medical center, as well as health clubs
and chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage therapy clinics around the world.

RMAX.tv Productions. P.O. Box 501388, Atlanta, GA 31150
Website: www.rmaxinternational.com. Email: [email protected]
©Copyright 2007 by RMAX.tv Productions. All rights reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-9794275-4-1

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As a whole, these physiological data collectors create an ongoing, moment-to-moment report of

our bodily status in our brain. This entire process relays very accurate information about what

our body does and, more important, who we are - our self-image. Once it is communicated,

our brain takes the sensory information and renders a three-dimensional portrait of ourselves

in our environment. This mental blueprint changes from each moment to the next.

The sixth sense, or proprioception, is so powerful that it causes the most widespread and

intense electrical activity in the brain. For example, using our mental blueprint we can

differentiate between two disparate arm positions that are no greater than a mere 1.25

centimeters apart.

This mental blueprint permits us to close our eyes and touch our nose, a small task but

absolutely amazing to consider. The mental blueprint is an internal sensory schema of

everything in our environment.

The APA Monitor (Azar, 1998) reported a case where a man, because of a certain viral

infection, had lost his kinesthesia - his ability to internally represent bodily position in space.

Despite the fact that all of his motor functions were fine, ifhe was blindfolded he could not

stand upright. He compensated after significant years of trial and error and managed to walk

and move with relative competence. However, should anyone come into the room and turn off

the lights, he will immediately fall to the floor in a heap, able to get up only if someone turns on

the lights.

Without his vision this man had no frame of reference (mental blueprint) regarding where

to place his hands down on the floor or how to elevate his elbow over his hand at a sufficient

angle to leverage himself off the floor. When standing, deprived of vision, he had no cues on

where to place his feet underneath his center of gravity, no cues on how to shift his weight, and

no cues on how to maintain his balance. This was a rare case, but it definitely demonstrates

the effect of just one aspect of proprioception. However, we allow the other information to

compete and dominate our information collecting.

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