Direct Introduction

Direct Introduction by Meghan Oona Clifford web
Direct Introduction, Or: In Which Anne-Lauren, Ian, and Meghan Oona Point To The Light In Your Open Heart, Filling It With Infinite Energy.
2010 | 33″ x 40″ | mixed media on acid-free paper vellum

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Sometimes, on our tours of this enchanted world with dear friends, our allegiance becomes a playful exploration of balance that perfectly reflects our current moment. Ancient postures can be fortuitously accessed and rearranged for the present.

As soon as I looked closely I realized our pointing posture reminisced the mudra from the cover illustration of Dzogchen master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, from his book Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State. I rushed to find it in my collection, and indeed: “his right hand is raised in the mudra or gesture of ‘Direct Introduction,’ while his left hand presses on one of the points that enable a practitioner to control the flow of subtle energy in the body in order to favour the development of a particular aspect of practice.”

We study ancient asanas (yoga poses) but we can make room to discover new ones too. If we connect deeply with our bodies and sensations, we can creatively move in order to discover what causes energy to release, build, calm down, center, ground, rise, lighten, intensify and relax. Yoga can be an ongoing process of new discovery, exploration, and experiment. Remember, yoga means “union,” and extends beyond just poses, embodying several disciplines, including selfless service, postures, developing wisdom, devotion, etc. All these moments of union serve as portals for our development.

Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For “you” is the phenomenon perfect. ~Emerson

Here details the serendipitous process of discovering our very own custom asana, then bringing it to canvas, and back to meaning:

Photo Cred to the very talented Rose Barling (

And for more on yoga with Anne-Lauren, she now offers FREE yoga classes ON THE BEACH in Santa Cruz! Find more info at

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