Some say the dragon poses in yoga are the toughest of them all to hold and breathe into; and so they should be if named after the noble flying beast. Dragons are symbolically rich in oriental culture, as the dragon represents the mighty earth element. Yoga is an earthy spiritual practice, it utilizes the physical body, which is on the earthy plane, but it seeks to soar upon spirit once freed from the material plane. Kundalini energy is depicted as a coiled snake or dragon; and it releases up the meridians along the spine.
There are eight different recognised dragon poses. Starting with the Baby Dragon, then the Dragon Flying High, then the Dragon Flying Low, the Twisted Dragon, then the Winged Dragon, the Overstepping Dragon, the Dragon Splits and finally the Fire-Breathing Dragon. And once you have completed this series of poses you will be guaranteed to be ready to breathe fire in your life. Your coiled kundalini may be unleashed and prana energy may flood your consciousness.
The dragon poses will work on your hip flexors and your quadriceps. Also, the deep stretch on the joint may relieve sciatica. You can begin the basic Dragon from Down Dog or some sort of table-top hand and knee position. At my old teacher's studio ACM Group Yoga the dragon poses are a favorite with many of their yoga teachers and students. Spreading the power of the Dragon is part of their mission to awaken the consciousness of the planet. Group yoga and group meditation can empower multiple awarenesses and harness the cosmic power inherent within the universe.
The dragon poses in yoga are associated with flexibility and the power of the lower chakras. Your hips and quadriceps muscles contain energies which connect us to our earthy bodies and the material plane. Survival issues and strong earthly powers are locked into this region of the physical body. Stretching these joints and muscles can release old fears and dead energies that have been stored in this area. The dragon is known to hoard energy locked in talismans, symbolically represented by treasure in many of the myths and narratives. Releasing the energy locked up with your own nest egg and sense of material security can unleash powerful energies for spiritual growth. The dragon’s lair is underground, usually under a mountain, but the dragon, also has wings to fly in to the heavens. The dragon poses in yoga can teach us to let go of our attachment to material possessions and free our energies in the process.
There has been a concerted effort by the politically correct forces to defang and declaw every half descent savage beast on the planet. In popular culture and especially in children’s literature cute cartoon children have been learning how to train their equally cute looking cartoon dragons. Friendly filmed dragons with melodious brogues that sound just like Sean Connery have been unfrightening children around the globe. But dragons are not always child-friendly; some of them like to consume them instead.
Dragons in nursery rhymes, films and books have traditionally been there to scare the pants of kiddies. Dragons were not nice fellows; they were greedy gold loving gorgons. Fire breathing does not mean a taste for too much spicy food, it means scorching the bejesus out everything that gets in its way. Puff the magic dragon was the start of all this namby pamby peace loving poon tang. Prior to Puff them old dragons were mean sons of bitches.
The dragon at the end of Beowulf was a right bastard of a beast and no friend to small children wanting a dreamless sleep. Childhood is supposed to be a place of fears, as well as love and kindness, chocolate crackles and party pies. The sea monster dragon that Perseus must slay to save Andromeda is one hard nut to crack. Melusine is a shape shifting dragon, who is depicted as a beautiful woman but with the body of a dragon; which captures the whole sexual frisson between men and women. Smaug is a decidedly feisty dragon; and dwarf, human and hobbit beware. JK Rowling’s dragons are savage beasts and are portrayed sans sentience in the Harry Potter series. Dragons are not always child-friendly.
David Bowie knew we all needed some scary monsters in our lives. More recently, the red dragon in the film, based on the novel by Thomas Harris, is tattooed all over the body of a deformed serial killer and possesses his consciousness like a demon. This dragon was not kid friendly in any sense of the word and rightly belonged to a rich tradition of bad dragons. Children need to be terrified every now and then; it keeps then on their toes. Too many sickly saccharine dragons is like a diet laden with sugar and fast food; no substance to get your teeth into. Bring back the blood curdling monster and chilling creature from the deep; from deep within our cultural psyches where fight or flight fans our primitive responses. No more cutesy monsters and no more nice dragons, please; give the kids a real scare.
The dragon’s lair in myth and story is always a secret and well protected place; usually underground. What might a dragon’s lair be symbolic of? The underground and secret nature of the dragon’s lair symbolises what we guard most of all within ourselves. What we lock away and keep from the prying eyes of loved ones and the world. We may occasionally let someone in for a glimpse but we never actually give them the key. The key to the dragon's lair is only ours to own in perpetuity.
The dragon represents our savage, hubristic, and instinctive animal natures; there is immense power contained here down in the lair. It cannot survive out in the world because it is too politically incorrect and belongs to an older more primitive age. It still underpins much of our drive and ambition; especially the deep desire to amass riches and money. It is why we strive and work hard to own things like our home and stocks and shares. The dragon is very at home with the concept of investments and making money. But it is also much more than these material manifestations; it is a darker and more compulsive place.
It is a component of the mind, the brain stem, where the fight or flight survival instinct has no time for idle thoughts. The dragon’s lair is a part of the human anatomy, but buried very deep to avoid exposure and weakness. Adulterous affairs can shine a torch light on the dragon’s lair and the stirring of the scaly beast within it. The key to the dragon can be found in the furious fucking of the winged beast, as it hovers above the loins of a lover in illicit passion. The locksmith cannot penetrate the dragon’s lair without access to the psychology of the soul greedy for forbidden love.
We live in a society which denies its dark side, which locks up its deviants and criminals; and so we have lost the key to the dragon’s lair. The fire breathing beast only emerges during times of war and other states of emergency. Then, the dark elements within life find their feet and spring into action to prey upon the weak. The fetid and sulphurous smell of an animal too long cooped up wafts into our once safe space and savage excitement erupts. Claw and fang, steaming tongue, blood and gore; as innocence has its heart ripped out and swallowed whole. The metallic taste of blood permeates the zone; the dragon’s lair is empty as the beast roams.
The dragon is a powerful symbol in both occidental and oriental culture. The chivalrous knight, like St George, slays the savage dragon to protect the innocent people from its ravages. The fire breathing dragon in Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a vicious avaristic lizard who, perhaps, represents neo-materialism. The Chinese dragon is a grand mystical character that presents itself in a pageant of color and furious sound. The red dragon is best known in the orient. Purple dragon symbolism in erotic literature can involve sexual rituals, where the participants orgiastically play out the meeting of spirit and matter.
The color purple has always been associated with wealth and splendor. The Roman emperors wore the purple because purple dye was extremely hard to come by and prohibitively expensive. Jupiter or Zeus, the king of the gods, was always represented in symbolic purple. This tradition was pinched by the Roman Catholic Church for its archbishops and bishops when it became the state backed religion of the Roman Empire around the fourth century AD. Purple was for kings, gods and high priests.
In a similar way, purple became the symbolic color of erotic passion; the color of eros. Erotic and romantic love have always been considered the higher forms of love; the most passionate expressions of love between man and woman. Purple is a mix of black and red, or dark blue and red, and takes the color of blood and the color of death and combines them. Blood is grand passion and the little death of the orgasm is dark as night. To wear the purple is to invite these intense erotic experiences into your life. The purple dragon can fly high into the night sky; and reach the peaks of sexual ecstasy. The purple dragon was street slang for LSD; another chemical high.
Erotic love is often an obsession; one is compelled to seek savage pleasure and passion at the hands of another. The animal is released within and the rational crumples at the beating wings of the dragon; the beating pulse of your heart. Aroused in the night by the presence of your lover, you must commune with them, couple and come together in an act of congress. Purple dragon symbolism in erotic literature speaks of the obsessive nature of love and lust. The head of the aroused penis may be purple before it erupts and the swollen clitoris can be likewise, engorged. The dragon feeds on its victims as do lovers on each other’s mouth and orifices; sucking the life blood and saliva for all its worth.
My Eastern European blood made me very passionate. I have a passion for life and a deeper passion for the dragons, especially for those who I am with. I am most happy making a dragon feel comfortable, beautiful and beastly. I know how to enjoy the simplest pleasures in life and know how to share this with others. We can talk for hours, enjoy each other’s company and totally forget about time. I can show you a good time around the parapets. We can share a drink and have the most fiery evening. I can lead you into a truly memorable dragon dance. As for dragon-friendly dessert, together we can make that a delectable one.