Specific body postures reappear in the art and artifacts of world cultures, even those widely separated by time and distance. What are these images of unusual postures telling us? Medicine people, shamans, priests, and priestesses of indigenous cultures have passed on this sacred body of knowledge for thousands of years. Anthropologist Felicita Goodman discovered that people who assume these postures report strikingly similar experiences. The results from this research are inspiring, proving that certain body gestures and movements allow us to access higher states of consciousness. With clear instructions and illustrations, Belinda Gore demonstrates these shamanic postures and how to work with them. Ecstatic Body Postures is a “must read” for anyone interested in meditation, shamanic practice, yoga, or body work.
This introduction to ritual postures includes descriptions of 39 postures with historical information and research with numerous participants to determine the nature of the experience the posture tends to mediate. With introduction by Dr. Felicitas Goodman.
The Spanish language translation, Posturas Corporales Extaticas, is available in Chile (firstname.lastname@example.org) and in Argentina (email@example.com).