Gathering Your Energy Reserves
In this 70 minute intermediate hatha yoga class with slow yoga flow we will do yoga for energy and I will show you how to boost your energy. In today’s class we will continue our theme of nourishing our energy reserves by gathering our energy. Drawing on the theme of autumn and the time of harvest and bounty we will reflect on how our bodies are a microcosm of the larger macrocosm. Just as we gather and store the harvest of the season, we can gather and store energy deep within our bodies in preparation for winter. We will also reflect on the metaphor of the tree, not only as it lets go for winter but also as its leaves provide deep nourishment for the regrowth of the forest floor. Yoga postures, mudras and breath practices will focus on gathering energy.
Autumn is a time of year when the wind kicks up and with that wind can come a whirlwind of activity. It can be a time of year when we feel what Sara Avant Stover calls the “relentless forward momentum that modern living usually demands.” This culminates in a scattered and erratic inner world, confusion, insomnia “anxiety and too much mental stimulation. This can make you feel a lot like the Energizer Bunny — always staying in motion to avoid any kind of intimacy with yourself. This constant motion, along with a failure to rest keeps you from tasting the bliss that comes when you face yourself completely.” (Sara Avant Stover) You might be feeling just plain worn down and worn out.
Imagine a tree in the autumn. Notice how they are influenced by the crisp dry air of the season. See how they shrivel, cling and then when the wind blows up, they fall to the forest floor, to complete the cycle of life, by nourishing the parent tree.
When we observe what is happening in nature, we see that in autumn, nature is preparing for the long winter’s rest. Autumn is a time of bounty and harvest. It is a time to draw up the root vegetables from deep within the earth and bury them in our root cellars for the winter season. It is a time to gather and store. We have been doing the same thing with our breath as we draw it deep into the reserves of our lower dantian.
Our bodies are a microcosm of our larger natural macrocosm. When we follow the rhythm of nature our bodies feel at ease. When we balance the perpetual motion of the wind with grounding and rooting we create an anchor that allows us to gather and store our energy reserves.
We can consciously bring these practices to life on our yoga mat, in our sleep practices, when we come to our table, in nourishing relationships, the possibilities are endless.
What are you gathering to take with you into this season of energy storage? What is essential for your hibernation?
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Props Needed: Chair, Meditation Cushion or folded blanket for seated practice
Yoga Postures/Yoga Asana: Reclined Tree Leg Slide/Supta Vriksasana, Sphinx Pose/salamba bhujangasana, Tiger Pose , Makara Mudra, Tadasana or Mountain Pose, Revolved Chair Pose or Parivrtta Utkatasana, Tree Pose or Vriksasana, Legs on a Chair, Janu Sirsasana or Head Beyond Knee Pose legs with twist, Alternate Nostril Breathing or nadi shodhan, Savasana or Corpse Pose
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