In this series, we will explore the five elements – earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space) beginning with the Earth Element.
Connection to the Earth
It’s surprising just how easily we can lose connection to the earth. Spending long periods indoors, driving cars, wearing shoes, and fixating on screens all create a disconnection between ourselves and the earth. This disconnection can lead to shallow or strained breathing, a dysregulated nervous system, and a habitual pattern of moving through life uncentered and ungrounded. The yogic practices often begin with aligning our bodies in relationship to the ground and learning how to "root" in the earth in order to move from our center.
In the first class of the series, we will use specific asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and mantra (repetitive chanting) to start cultivating a feeling of being grounded, and how to return to our center of gravity (most often the core of the pelvis). Standing asanas that bring awareness to the feet, legs, and hips can help enhance our earth's energy – think of postures like Tadasana (Mountain pose) or Vrksana (Tree pose). As well as, seated asanas that bring awareness to our sit bones - think Paschimotanasana (seated forward bend), Navasana (Boat pose).
Throughout this journey, remember that you are the elements, so it’s really more a case of remembering what it feels like to be from and on the earth. This workshop is for every "BODY" regardless of your yoga experience.