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Grounding Through Yoga

SAS pupil Yoga Providers the Teen Yoga Foundation have kindly shared a resource about grounding through Yoga. You can read more about this month’s theme by clicking here.

‘GET YOURSELF GROUNDED AND YOU CAN NAVIGATE EVEN THE STORMIEST ROADS IN PEACE.’ OUR YOGA MATS ARE A GREAT WAY TO GET OUT OF OUR HEADS AND INTO OUR FEET – CREATING THAT SENSE OF BEING GROUNDED. WHEN WE CAN GET INTO OUR PHYSICAL BODY AND REALLY FEEL THE EARTH BENEATH OUR FEET, WE START TO LET GO OF THE THOUGHTS OR STORIES THAT MIGHT BE BUILDING IN OUR HEADS AND FOCUS ON CONNECTING WITH THE GROUND BELOW.

One we get ourselves grounded, we feel stronger in mind, body and spirit. Click on this link.
The Tree: Grounding Exercise
This exercise is a mindfulness exercise to help your yogis identify with their roots, who makes them feel grounded and the safe people in their lives. This is a great exercise to do with your yogis. They will discover the people who they should keep close to them as they add enormous value to their mental well-being, nurturing and development.
To learn more about this exercise, click on this link.

Grounding and Anchoring: Yamas and Niyamas
September is the beginning of a new season and for some, the start of the new school year. As part of the yoga practice, you could invite your yogis to start to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the first two limbs of yoga: the Yamas (or restraints) and Niyamas (or observances).
Each of the Yamas and Niyamas contain five ‘jewels’ which form the basis of yogic thought. Reflecting upon the ‘jewels’ and integrating them into our daily lives can support us in finding more space, lightness and balance, and a deeper connection to our resting place.
This month as part of our theme on grounding and anchoring, you might like to support your yogis in deepening their understanding of ‘ahimsa’ or non-harming, the first of the Yamas.
To see how you can bring this into your classes, have a look at this link. 
Last summer, Billie Eilish teamed up with Spotify to create a platform for fans to write a letter to their future selves. The initiative married up with her single, ‘My Future.’ In the song she says, ‘I’m in love with my future, I can’t wait to meet her.’ And she talks about how she wants young people to write to themselves to be their most authentic self and find peace.
You could use this exercise in your class. Have your yogis listen to the song by Billie Eilish and then write a letter to themselves. The letter will include things like their goals, dreams, spiritual aspiration and more. In writing these letters, your yogis will start to feel a sense of grounding as they reflect and think about their hopes for the future.
To learn more about this exercise, click here.