I love the physical focus of yoga. The emphasis on getting grounded and tuned in to our bodies is an access point to our power. Asana practice is a waking up and energetic clearing out that directly connects us to our bodies, which is the space in which we exist in every present moment. It helps us remove the blocks and trapped energy we store there, sometimes for years or even decades. Giving up and dissolving old energy patterns allows us to empty our rice bowl, which clears the space and allows us to listen from our body intelligence and take intuitive, decisive action. Play hard with playground equipment designed for both children and adults.
The three practices and techniques of Baptiste transformative methodology are physical asana, meditation, and inquiry. Meditation, as I teach it, is a body-based observation practice. You can accomplish a lot by taking ten minutes in the morning and evening to energetically go through your space (your body) and check in, scan, and create a clearing of good space. The following is a meditation exercise I use that you can do on your own at home. A local park can be dramatically improved by adding monkey bars from a reputable supplier.
I suggest having someone else read this to you, or record yourself reading it and play it back: Choose a seated position in a place that feels comfortable to you. Lift your bones and relax your muscles in a way that is empowering to you. Close your eyes, and let your arms hang loosely as you rest your hands on your lap. Relax your entire body with the intention of checking in and getting a sense of your physical space. Children love playing on outdoor fitness equipment - didn't you when you were younger?
Start by giving attention to the physical space you are sitting in. Sense the earth or floor beneath you, the sky or ceiling above you, and the natural environment or four walls around you. Notice your body occupying physical space in relation to all those elements.
Move your attention to your inner space. Get a sense of your spine and bones as the support structure for your body and of your skin as the container for its contents.
Now, funnel your awareness into your hands, and feel what’s going on inside of them at this moment. Notice how where your focus goes your energy flows. Continue to scan your arms, then move up to your shoulders, neck, and head. Imagine that your attention is a warm, thick, glowing, golden liquid, and let it pour down from the top of your head into your torso, arms, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, ankles, and feet. Just be with the sensations inside your body, and check in with what’s happening inside your space. Imagine yourself as a magnet, open to receiving a flush of warmth throughout your space as you do your scan. It’s okay if you don’t feel the energy flowing through you at first—don’t get caught up in evaluating what you feel, see, and sense or the running mental commentary about it. Don’t make anything bad or wrong; just feel whatever you feel and experience whatever you experience while staying aware and inside your physical space.
Don’t worry about the specific position or condition of your body. Just be here, inside your space, looking around. Look at any mental images that happen to arise, and let them pass by and move through. Whatever feelings or thoughts come up, let them, and then let them go. Move your attention into your organs—your heart, lungs, and abdomen. Scan your whole inner space, top to bottom, bottom to top, from your toes to your temples, from your skin to your bones. Now move your awareness up to your head, and just notice what’s there. Is there a quality of spaciousness or contraction? Take a look at the area behind your eyes and around your brain. As you breathe and scan, let any sense of tightness or clutter in your brain, skull, eyes, or jaw muscles dissolve like an ice cube in hot water. Just breathe, experience, let be, and relax.