The root of the word language is
Tongue flicking fingers
Tongue, keeper of
Khechari Mudra and
Palate mirroring pelvis mirroring uvula mirroring diaphragm
Vestibules collecting and coalescing
Harnessed, bridled, sometimes
Threshold of new worlds and words.
Liberated and shed
Clarifying through breath ushered
The fondled scripture
Poem by Dr. Allison Mitch. Work is copyright protected, please cite accordingly. For correspondence, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: This poem contains several themes, pulled from tantric yoga. Vishuddha is the throat chakra, center of self-expression and purification, related to elements of ether, air, smoke, sound, hearing, taste, smell, and the seed sound ham. The throat can be manipulated to form the Jalandhara Bandha (throat lock), to move or contain prana.
Khechari Mudra is a sacred seal - tongue to roof of mouth, that spot between soft and hard palate. Mudras are like bandhas in their intent to move energies (prana). Translated as “one who moves the sky”, the practitioner is said to unite with the universal divine. The translation is dear to me, as it alludes to the manipulation of ether, sound, air, all crafted by throat and tongue into some form of artistry.
Language is sacred, in part because it creates and connects and validates, while it also has the power to separate, harm, weaponize. As a word weaver, the beatified nature of speech is intuitive and always near. Thanks for reading. <3