Take it to the Mat: Dr. Stone’s Pyramid
Our theme this week, is one of dedication beyond contemplation. You see, we often need a reminder to “be and see”. Doing is inevitable, but does not provide the nourishment our entire being needs. It allows us to serve, but at times does not allow us to be served. So today I suggest, Go Beyond It. It being the mind. Be and see. Grow roots. Expand into presence. Give unto your being, and watch the world around you begin to bloom.
In my practice, I have been deeply inspired by Ashley Turner, a nationally-recognized Yoga Instructor known for her ability to calm the mind through beautifully sequenced asanas (yoga poses) and pranayama (breath work). Ashley was one of the first teachers that I felt a kinship with, despite us having only met through the screen of my television set. As I myself watched the world around me begin to bloom, I found a deep-rooted connection between my times on and off the mat. In particular, I felt as though I blossomed more fully when I took the time to practice poses and sequences that I had learned through our “shared” time together.
Now, let’s Go Beyond It. Come to a place where there is space for you. Not only your physical body, but space for all of your being. Room for you to rest in your intuitive body and feel the emotions as they sit, swell, or slow. Begin with a simple affirmation: “I release my fears to the Earth, to the ground. I find peace knowing that, should I need to stop and rest, I will be lovingly embraced. I see a safe path ahead, full of love, laughter, and light. I welcome the journey and give thanks my guide – my higher self and the One and ones who will walk beside me.”
Begin your practice with a gentle self-awareness. As you focus on the breath within your belly, you will begin to find yourself becoming more grounded and at ease. It is the season of deepening our connection with our belly – bringing rest and vitality to our digestive organs – and our back – expelling excess toxins from our kidneys. Feel as though each in breath flows down your front body and being exhaled up the backs of your legs; releasing from the base of your spine.
Dr. Stone’s Pyramid
- Stand with feet greater than hip width apart, feet turned out to the corners of the room.
- Bend your knees just enough so that your hands can rest with palms facing down on each knee, your arms straight, hinging forward as the waist.
- Inhale, lifting your chest upwards.
- Exhale, sinking pelvis toward the ground, lengthening through your side bodies.
- Breathe, and repeat.
For additional vitality of the digestive and excretory organs and low back, move into Dr. Stone’s Twisting Pyramid.
- While presently in Dr. Stone’s Pyramid, inhale.
- On your out breath, turn your head and upper body to the right. Your left shoulder will be point toward your right foot.
- Breathe here.
- Repeat on opposite side.
- Upon exiting the posture, bring your hands to your sides and come into Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Standing upright, feel as though your crown is stretching toward the ceiling, and your feet are rooted in the ground beneath you.
Please Note – Spinal twists are not for women who are pregnant, or those who have serious conditions of the back or neck. Always ask your body for permission as your come into a comfortable edge.
Dr. Stone’s Pyramid is a complementary pose for the 1st Chakra, The Root, or base of the spine. This is the place where our fears and security arise. The emotional body sits in The Root. In balancing the 1st Chakra, you may find that you are grounded – as the Earth is its corresponding element . Connecting with Earth, the physical stability and support for all our body’s (spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical) and our beings, can bring about greater sensations of comfort, security, and stillness.
Frankincense is one of the most beautiful earthly scents that can further enhance your experience in this asana. Try dabbing a small amount as the base of your spine or at your neck. In Aroma Yoga, we use this to deepen our connection of body, heart, and breath. Essential oils are one of the many tools that allow you to Go Beyond It. Note: Frankincense can be a bit pricey. Consider using it in conjunction with other essential oils with similar intentions. Balance, a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade EO, is a wonderful option. It can be found on the doTERRA website.
Yoga with Kids
Explore Egypt. Invite your little beings to become little Cobra’s, as snakes are often seen near the pyramids of Egypt. They can hiss and wiggle while in Bhujangasana, enjoying the adventure. Once they have conquered the Cobra, ask them to become pyramids too!
My you be open, may you be honest, may you be full of light, and may you be unconditionally loved.