All energy is vibration that travels in waves, and your body is a sophisticated antennae system designed to transmit and receive these good (and bad) vibrations. One of the most common wave form is the standing wave, which is energy that’s connected or fixed to a source at both ends. It causes a continuous feedback loop of energy (think of plucking a guitar string). Depending on the frequency of the wave, the output can be harmonic or disharmonic. Jumping on a trampoline is an example we can all relate to. When you jump you create a standing wave on the trampoline. If another person jumps with you at just the right moment, it can launch you higher in the. This would be a harmonic frequency since it increases the output. However, if they jump at the wrong time, it can cause a jolt that can cause your legs to collapse (disharmonic frequency; shortens the output).
When performing any exercise, you’re actually creating powerful standing waves within your own body. If the standing wave is balanced and harmonic, there will always be an equal & opposite balance between strength and surrender. It’s all about locking in just the right amount of tension to achieve the optimal frequency for the standing wave to create the optimal output. Often times, proper activation will cause you to feel a literal pulsing or surge of vibration. This is the frequency traveling along the standing wave! It’s electrical and empowering. Many yogis speak of and seek these internal vibrations. This type of energy can heal cells, promote detoxification, and increase overall energy levels.
The clubbell is a great tool to practice standing wave activation because of its design that challenges your structure. The 2 positions below can help you practice activating a standing wave that promotes good structure and spinal alignment that you can really feel.
With both hands together on the neck, position the clubbell to the side of the top hand. The bottom hand forearm crosses your waist in a horizontal line. Pinch the top hand elbow in and slide it back behind you. From this position, pull your grip in opposite directions; top hand pulls up, bottom hand pulls down), keeping elbows in close to your body. If you’re doing it right, you’ll instantly feel your lats flare (the muscles under your armpits) and shoulders pack down. Let your chest expand up while also keeping ribs glued down towards your hips. You’ll be amazed at the amount of strength and activation you will feel just holding this simple pose.
2-HAND SILVERBACK POSITION
Sitting back, grip the neck above the knob. One arm will be long, one will be short (and seem to want to bend, but don’t!) Rotate the elbow pits away so the elbows lock out. Keep a neutral, straight spine by reaching chest through and sitting further back. From here, pull your grip in opposite directions, keeping elbows locked (pits rotated away). The long arm shoulder should be higher than the short arm shoulder. This grip pull will lock your shoulders into place, engage your lats, and activate your mid-back muscles. Pull navel up into your spine and feel the standing wave frequency surge.