The earth element is associated with the first chakra, Muladhara, or root chakra, and is located at the base of the spine. This element and chakra are associated with security, safety, and stability. When the earth element is balanced, we feel confident, grounded, flexible, safe, resilient, and strong. When it is imbalanced, we may experience feelings of anxiety, paranoia, fragility, moodiness, and forgetfulness.
When we press our hands and feet into the ground during Downward-Facing Dog or when we ground ourselves into the earth with the triangle base of our feet during Mountain Pose, we are expressing and connecting to the earth element.
Ahimsa (non-violence; non-harming) is the first Yama in the 8 limbs of Yoga from the Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali. It invites us and reminds us to live in a way that is non-harming to ourselves, to others, and to the Earth.
Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to explore non-harming, as we look for ways to give back to our life-sustaining planet. Every moment we are nourished and blessed by the abundant gifts of the Earth, and today we have the opportunity to give gratitude back to the source. We have an occasion to develop lasting rituals in our yoga practice and in our lives that nurture an eco-friendly approach to everyday living - and that we can carry out throughout the year!
Look for ways to honor the Earth today in everything that you do, including your yoga practice.
The hips, legs, and feet are ruled by the Earth element, so invite your practice today to be grounding and connected to the earth.
The vibration of the Earth element is the slowest and it is the slowest of all the chakras, so focus on longer holds and moving at a slower pace (slow flow).
Include Ujjayi breathing in your practice today as it is considered a grounding breathing practice.
Honor Ahimsa as you practice your yoga and as you move through your day. What are ways you can practice non-harming today off your mat and continue these practices/behaviors throughout the year?
Consider incorporating the following asanas into your practice. Invite awareness to the hips, legs, and feet, the Muladhara chakra, and Ahimsa to honor EARTH DAY in your practice and life.
Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch pose)
Utthan Pristhasana (Lizard pose)
Hanumanasana (Monkey pose)
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One legged King Pigeon Pose)
Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge pose)
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)
Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle pose)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
Savasana (corpse pose)
Love & light