Walking Man is practicing Tantric Walking. Tantric Walking effects the way energy moves in your body. It is all about learning to walk correctly. When we walk in the proper manner, it balances all of the main chakras, as each chakra is related to certain parts of the foot. Our feet are our foundation. It all starts here. This is why the positioning of our feet when we walk will effect the way the energy moves in your body.
The middle of your heel is related to the base or root chakra, Muladhara chakra. It is our center and or source of power for the physical body. The outside of the heel is linked to the sacral chakra, Svadhishthana. It is our sense of movement, and our need to take action. The outer arch of the foot is related to the lumbar curve, our Manipura Chakra. This is where our fire burns, associated with confidence or lack there of. The ball of the foot is related to our heart, Anahata Chakra. So, as you walk you should feel a sense of lifting up, associated with the air. The toes correspond to the throat, Vishuddha chakra. It is the space between our individual and universal spirit. A space of creativity, intuition and inspiration. In relation to walking, it is what allows us to move forward into space.
Giacometti's Walking Man represents the isolation a man has in relation to, and existence in space, as we walk among each other, yet alone. This work revolved around Existentialism. Existentialism, is about finding the individual self and the meaning of life through personal responsibility, choice and free will. It is a journey for the true self and meaning of life.
The world will undoubtedly throw unpleasant things at us, but we are responsible for our own experience in this world. In our approach to yoga, we want to practice confidence, letting go, compassion, finding the real identity of body and mind through non-attachment. In other words, don't allow the mind to take over the body. We must allow the body and mind to work together. Our thoughts come from the past and are coming out because it wants too. Allow the thoughts to leave. We have this need to hold on to our thoughts with attachment to grief, happiness, or anger. Whatever it may be, let it go. Acknowledge it, and let it go.
Practice Walking. Use tantric walking as a meditation to balance the energies in the body, and to become aware of how our mind affects our posture. To find balance in the chakras, start with the heel of the foot connecting to the ground, then roll onto the outer arch, ball of the foot and finally spring off the toes. Focus on the energy that moves from the ground, traveling up to the crown of the head. Become aware of your thoughts. As they come up, see it, acknowledge it, and let it pass as you move onto the next step. Moving forward, allow your foundation (earth), motivation (water), confidence, (fire), love, (air) and communication (space) within you balance. Practice non-attachment. Whatever you are is from your own effort. We are given a chance over and over again, but always start on our own. As everything, it is a constant practice and an infinite journey. Try to practice as often and as needed.
Give Tantric walking a try, and on your next walk about I wish you Peace, Peace, Peace.
*Great source/book for information on the chakras and tantric walking: "Chakra Yoga Balancing energy for Physical, spiritual and mental well-being" By Alan Finger with Katrina Repka