Earth Element

The Earth Element

When I think of the earth element, I think of stability, grounding, earthiness, nurture. My experience is that I can connect more deeply to this element in my yoga practice by emphasizing “muscular energy” in my weekly practice. Muscular energy has three essential physical/energetic actions: (1) hugging all of the muscles to the bone; (2) drawing to the midline (our central energetic channel); and (3) drawing energy from the periphery to the focal point of the pose. These three actions combined help stabilize us; they nurture by inviting us to give ourselves an unceasing self-embrace initiated from our opening to the good in the energies around us and they bring our focus from the physical extremities to our core, thus reminding us to bring our physical body to the support of the energetic body and spirit.

The Earth element is related to the Spleen and Pancreas (and Stomach). These are the organs that digest our foods and distribute their nutrients appropriately. They give us the sustenance to do what we do in the world. Psychologically, they allow us to digest and assimilate our experiences and turn them into usable ideas and creations. This month’s yoga practice focuses on stimulating and strengthening all digestive processes in your body.

The emotion related to the Spleen is sympathy, our ability to connect and care for others. Like everything in life we can over extend ourselves and give more than we allow ourselves to receive, neglecting our own needs. When our Earth element is out of balance we may find that we worry persistently about many things. This disturbance of energy depletes our energy which may negatively affect our ability to digest and transform our thoughts and ideas into actions which are expressions of our soul. People with a weak sense of centre have difficulty in setting clear intentions and rather than living the life they really want they get stuck going round and round in circles.

Healing must begin by strengthening and reconnecting to our own centre and listening to our inner voice. Yoga helps to bring us out of our minds and into our bodies. In the Yoga practice this month we focus on cantering yourself with your breath. Drop your mind into your belly and feel what is going on within you. Let go of ideas that do not nourish you and practice loving the body you are in. We may bring more "earth" awareness into our yoga practice when we focus on grounding, building a firm base of support, connecting with the earth beneath us. Many times in our lives we become too "lofty" in our thoughts and need to come down to Earth to feel grounded and secure. In balancing postures, for instance, our stability is facilitated through deepening our connection with the Earth. The Earth element is represented in the 1st/Root Chakra of the body so all Postures are carefully chosen to help open and work with the Root Chakra.

Join us and release stress and body aches – improve digestion, centeredness, strength, flexibility and health – leave feeling grounded, energized, inspired and relaxed!



The Earth Element

When I think of the earth element, I think of stability, grounding, earthiness, nurture. My experience is that I can connect more deeply to this element in my yoga practice by emphasizing “muscular energy” in my weekly practice. Muscular energy has three essential physical/energetic actions: (1) hugging all of the muscles to the bone; (2) drawing to the midline (our central energetic channel); and (3) drawing energy from the periphery to the focal point of the pose. These three actions combined help stabilize us; they nurture by inviting us to give ourselves an unceasing self-embrace initiated from our opening to the good in the energies around us and they bring our focus from the physical extremities to our core, thus reminding us to bring our physical body to the support of the energetic body and spirit.

The Earth element is related to the Spleen and Pancreas (and Stomach). These are the organs that digest our foods and distribute their nutrients appropriately. They give us the sustenance to do what we do in the world. Psychologically, they allow us to digest and assimilate our experiences and turn them into usable ideas and creations. This month’s yoga practice focuses on stimulating and strengthening all digestive processes in your body.

The emotion related to the Spleen is sympathy, our ability to connect and care for others. Like everything in life we can over extend ourselves and give more than we allow ourselves to receive, neglecting our own needs. When our Earth element is out of balance we may find that we worry persistently about many things. This disturbance of energy depletes our energy which may negatively affect our ability to digest and transform our thoughts and ideas into actions which are expressions of our soul. People with a weak sense of centre have difficulty in setting clear intentions and rather than living the life they really want they get stuck going round and round in circles.

Healing must begin by strengthening and reconnecting to our own centre and listening to our inner voice. Yoga helps to bring us out of our minds and into our bodies. In the Yoga practice this month we focus on cantering yourself with your breath. Drop your mind into your belly and feel what is going on within you. Let go of ideas that do not nourish you and practice loving the body you are in. We may bring more “earth” awareness into our yoga practice when we focus on grounding, building a firm base of support, connecting with the earth beneath us. Many times in our lives we become too “lofty” in our thoughts and need to come down to Earth to feel grounded and secure. In balancing postures, for instance, our stability is facilitated through deepening our connection with the Earth. The Earth element is represented in the 1st/Root Chakra of the body so all Postures are carefully chosen to help open and work with the Root Chakra.

Join us and release stress and body aches – improve digestion, centeredness, strength, flexibility and health – leave feeling grounded, energized, inspired and relaxed!

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