Yoga for Transition
By. Megan Febuary
We've been talking alot about transitions this month, so I wanted to share with you a yoga practice that focuses on grounding in the shifting of change. In this practice, we take time to find our foundation and grow tall from there. We can only begin to grow when our roots have been dug deep. So, what grounds you when life is feeling shaky? Take a moment and chew on that.
For me, I focus on slowing my breath, creating a wide base through my feet if I'm standing or my sit bones if I'm sitting. This wide base allows stability so that you can begin to move with a sense of stability.
In this practice, we are meditating on Jeremiah 17: 7-10 from the Message translation.
“But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
bearing fresh fruit every season.
“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,
a puzzle that no one can figure out.
But I, God, search the heart
and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human.
I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are,
not as they pretend to be.”
Take some time to chew on these words. What parts taste sweet? What parts taste sour? No judgement here, just a time of curiosity and reflection. Take note of what phrases stand out to you. Let yourself soak in them for a few minutes before you practice.
This is a 14 minute practice on transition, as always be kind and listen to what your body is needing. Take note of sensations as they come and go, and let your movement be a practice of prayer.