Grounding Intermediate Yoga
We resist embodiment and we remain outside of our embodied experience. We are disassociated from our bodies, their sensations, aliveness, pain, joy, pleasure.
This summer with the explosion of pokemon go we became floating heads attached to screens hunting our next acquisition. Our energy has recoiled into our heads for a completely cerebral experience. The experience is no different as we head back to school and all our heady intellectual pursuits, trying to control our lives from our heads.
The two things people request most from me is yoga to help them focus and yoga for anxiety.
These two requests suggest to me that we are not in our bodies, we are not connected to our embodied experience. We are scattered, spaced out, in our heads and ungrounded.
Being grounded means to fully inhabit your body. It is an openness to your embodied sensations. Grounding asks us to step away from our mental distraction to the embodied sensed immediacy of the present moment.
Letting go of chronic tension in our physical bodies and feeling our connection with the earth will help us disconnect with mental diarrhea and drama and connect with embodied sensations. Today we are going to do that through our hands, feet and belly. Our hands are our grip on reality, our feet are our connection to the earth and literally the ground we stand on, and our belly is our center of gravity.
Resource: Getting Grounded
Props Needed: blocks
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Locust Pose or Salabhasana, hand yoga, foot yoga, avahana mudra, Downward Facing Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana, Pyramid Pose or Standing Forward Folding Triangle, Chair Pose or Utkatasana, Utkata Konasana or Goddess Victory Squat, Wide Legged Standing Forward Fold or Prasarita Padottanasana, Bridge Pose or Setu Bandhasana, Dying Warrior, Child’s Pose or Balasana, Savasana or Corpse Pose
by Michael Nagel
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
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