“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
The Gentle Power of the Earth Sequence
When times are fraught and emotions are running high, we can get stuck in our heads. Finding our thoughts and feelings being blown here and there, like dark clouds racing across a stormy sky.
If we don’t take time to redress the balance, we can find ourselves crashing down with an almighty bang.
Unique to Dru Yoga
This is when Privthvi Namsaskara (the salutation to the earth) comes into its own. This unique Dru Yoga sequence is the perfect way bring yourself gently back down to earth.
The gently flowing movements, synchronised with the breath will leave you feeling calmer, more grounded and back in the present moment. It’s one of my favourites and always proves a winner when I introduce it to classes for the first time.
As with so much of Dru Yoga, it is so simple and yet so effective. Working far beyond just the physical body.
Discover Your Inner Stillness
The salutation to the earth creates a sense of space and stillness by allowing us to reconnect our inner world with the wider world around us. We regain our sense of perspective, remembering that the earth doesn’t belong to us, we belong to the earth.
Practised regularly, the coordination of movement and breath gradually slows down your rate of respiration, creating a slower, steadier and deeper breath. This in turns, aids the body in restoring balance by stimulating parasympathetic nervous systems (PNS).
There are many physical benefits and Prithvi Namaskara is deceptively strong. It exercises all the major joints, helps stretch the lower back and gives a through workout for the leg muscles.
Unsurprisingly, the salutation to the earth is particularly effective when practised outside. And even better still, if you can do it bare foot.