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The magic square is a tool to consciously explore your form and orient yourself in space. It can be applied to any physical piece of you: the hands, the feet, the eyes, etc. The magic square can also be used as a tool to gracefully and consciously move through your life, helping you navigate your dreams, quandaries, and periods of transition. Follow the map of the magic square on the bottoms of each foot sequentially to travel across the entire surface of the foot; to find your footing and stand your ground. Notice the numbers that are hard for you to access, and similarly observe the areas that are easy for you to reach; and in doing so begin the practice of conscious embodiment.
Many cultures including medieval Islam and ancient India studied and created their own iterations of the magic square. This particular magic square is based on the LoShu Square, derived from ancient China. According to the legend, there was once a giant flood that consumed the Chinese countryside. While the great king Yu was trying to channel the water out to sea, a turtle emerged from the flood with a curious pattern on its shell: a 3×3 grid in which circular dots of numbers were arranged. The sum of the numbers in each row, column and diagonal was the same: 15. After studying the turtle's shell, people were able to use this pattern in a certain way to control the river and protect themselves from future floods. The LoShu square was applied to numerous Chinese cultural design principles including the art of Feng Shui.
The LoShu square was repurposed as a way to map the human form by Nevine Michaan, who developed Katonah Yoga, upon which most of our teachings and inspirations are based. Katonah Yoga® is a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan over 40 years. She and her teachers incorporate classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor, and imagination — in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being. Framing the practice, maps of time and personal space are defined and refined. Themes using asana as origami, manipulating form for function, and developing a sense of personal measure are incorporated in Katonah Yoga practices. Katonah Yoga is organized around three principles of esoteric dialogue: all polarities are mediated by trinity; the universe has pattern, pattern belies intelligence; by virtue of repetition there is potential for insight. Disciplined techniques are organized for revelation through revolutions.