YOGA IS OUR FOUNDATION
Life is full of new beginnings. Every day, when the sun rises, a new chance. The best way to start anything is to set a strong foundation.
The foundation of a yoga pose is whatever’s grounding down in that moment. So in our every day lives, that often means the feet or the butt. But in our yoga practice, it can be anything from our feet to our hands. Bringing your awareness to that point and grounding yourself into it will give every other pose or movement familiarity and steadiness. Same goes for new situations that we we encounter in daily life.
Each time you come to the mat, there is that sense of return. So next time you come to your mat, settle in to that foundation. Don’t just stand on two feet with one hip jutting out to the side. Find the Earth beneath you and ground down with awareness. Feel the four corners of each foot settling down as if you were growing roots from the soles of your feet. Feel how from that strong, balanced foundation, the rest of the body rises up and out, and you feel lighter.
The same is true in every pose on the mat. Whether you are in downward dog with our hands and feet on the ground, or in handstand with your feet above your head, by finding whatever’s touching the Earth and connecting into it, you’ll feel your body grow stronger, more balanced, and more free!
The purpose of the yoga practice, of course, is not simply to prove to yourself that you can stand on your hands in the middle of the room, or even to have a beautiful physical practice. The purpose is for that to actually matter. By finding your foundation in a pose where the usual foundation is literally turned upside down, you’ll be empowered in other aspects of your life. You don’t need to be in child’s pose to feel grounded. It’s not just about being somewhere comfortable and safe – it’s about finding that safe, comfortable place everywhere. When you have a strong foundation, you are safe. You are grounded. And that strong foundation is always there.
We can bring this into our daily lives. Life is changing all the time, constantly throwing us curve balls. Just when we think we’re ready to coast for a while, something inevitably happens and we have to re-assess our plans. Really, life is a whole lot of transitions strung together. And it’s hard to find the foundation in the transition. How do you make a home of a temporary sublet? How do you feel grounded when the rug’s been snatched out from under you? It’s like finding the foundation in the middle of your yoga practice. You may not think its there, but it is! And when you ground your self, refocus on the foundation/basics,keep moving & you’ll feel stronger than ever.
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KALLIE MARCUS, FOUNDER OF KINETIX
I believe that yoga is an essential a tool to access the truth within, to remain grounded in the moment, and to breathe through the tight spots in life. This is why I think that its important that we teach our kids/teens the tool of yoga to help them to navigate through life and aid with the daily stresses go being human in todays society. I found yoga in my teenage years and it since then it has done amazing things for me. I still use yoga as a tool to deal with daily life and I hope to share the practice with students in hopes that they can use it as a life long tool to assist with life.