online workshop: stand on your own one foot

£25.00

This two-hour workshop will focus on these one-footed, balancing poses, our goal to strengthen our feet’s contact with the Earth.

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Description

Most every permanent habitable structure has some sort of a foundation, a solid base that supports its weight and anchors it to the Earth. Residents of the great state of California, of which I’m pleased to be counted among, have a keen interest in foundations. That’s because every now and again, usually without any warning, the Earth moves, and any structure without a strong foundation could, depending on the violence of that movement, topple over.
We humans also have a foundation, our feet, though of course we might think of them as a “movable foundation” that ideally keeps us anchored to our planet as we go about our daily business. I say “ideally” here because there are many people whose foundation, whose contact with the Earth through their feet, is to some degree insecure. The result of such insecurity isn’t only the possibility of a physical toppling. When we don’t feel “grounded” as we like to say in yoga class (though such an ability really doesn’t exist), any unexpected “quake” could send us crashing down emotionally as well.
Fortunately, our asanas provide us with a means to strengthen our foundation, in particular the standing poses, and especially those in which we balance on one foot, such as Tree (vrkshasana), Half Moon (ardha candrasana), and the Big Bad Wolf of this family, what’s popularly but somewhat mistakenly called Warrior 3 (Virabhadra wasn’t actually a “warrior; rather, he or it was a thousand-eyed, thousand-footed monster). This two-hour workshop will focus on these one-footed, balancing poses, our goal to strengthen our feet’s contact with the Earth.

Additional information

Style

yoga

Teacher

Richard Rosen

Recorded on

14/01/2021