7 Yoga Poses to Connect You to the Space Element
In my previous articles in this series, I discussed how to better connect to the fire element, earth element, water element, and air element through a series of yoga poses and meditations. In each article, I emphasized the importance of connecting to each element, and how an imbalance of one—whether too much or too little—can impact your body and mind. Now it’s time for the final element, space or ether.
The space element is associated with the fifth chakra, Vishuddha or throat chakra, and is located in your neck. This element and chakra are associated with spirituality, intuition, connection, stillness, openness, freedom, communication, expansiveness, consciousness, and truth. It tends to be cold because it lacks the heat of fire, dry because it lacks the moisture of water, still because it lacks the mobility of air, light because it lacks the heaviness of earth, and ever-present because it is the space between all the other elements.
When the space element is balanced, you are able to freely communicate, express yourself, feel connected with the world around you, and feel physically and emotionally nourished. An unbalanced space element may lead you to feel empty, isolated, overwhelmed, withdrawn, and misunderstood.
There are many ways to bring balance to the space element during your yoga practice; here are a few pointers:
- Bring awareness to your breath, your body, your mind, and the space around you including:
- The space between inhales and exhales
- The physical space where you practice yoga, and how it affects your practice
- The space that is created in your body while transitioning in and out of a pose
- The space between your thoughts
- Learn breathing techniques such as the Ujjayi breath
- Practice poses that open the throat (see below)
1. Lion Pose (Simhasana)
This pose stretches the muscles of your face and can help ease teeth grinding and clenched jaw issues. It also brings awareness and strength to the muscles of your neck so you can discover the space for your own voice.
- Start by kneeling on the floor. You can also start in Lotus Pose.
- Exhale and press your palms firmly into the floor, about two feet in front of your knees. Spread out your fingers.
- Inhale deeply, and on your exhale, open your eyes and mouth as wide as you can, extend your tongue (try to touch your chin), and let out a “HAAAHHH” sound (roar).
- Inhale and relax your face.
- Repeat 5 to 10 times.
2. Star Pose (Utthita Tadasana)
Star Pose is a building block for expansiveness, connecting you closer to the space element.
- Stand with your feet wide apart and your arms out to the side. Your heels should be turned in, your toes out.
- Draw your gaze and chin toward the sky, stretch your arms up and open, and reach out through your fingertips.
- On an exhale, expand your body out in five directions (hands, feet, head). …read more
Source: Deepak Chopra