embody nature

This summer, I love the abundance of green dressing the trees, the sweet smell of grasses and wild flowers, even the heaviness of warm humid air draping me.  It’s like I am wearing summer.  Summer gives me the opportunity to be outside in nature more than the rest of the year.  It helps me feel grounded and connected to each moment.  (But I admit I also like being able to retreat into air conditioning!)

Many yoga poses are named after things in nature and  embodying those qualities can help us feel a pose more deeply and connect us to the present moment. Take mountain pose (tadasana) for example:  When I think of myself as a mountain, I love the stability it brings, as well as the spaciousness, and grandeur.

Try it.  Close your eyes and picture yourself as a mountain.  What happens in your body, in your mind?

As I write this blog, I am preparing to go on vacation in Switzerland and Italy.  I am looking forward to spending lots of time in nature; hiking the mountains of Switzerland and swimming in the turquoise waters of Sardinia.

When I return I can’t wait to celebrate the trip by embodying aspects of nature in our poses. To me it is a bit like acting, you get to “be” a cobra, a tree, or an eagle.

Kripalu teacher, Jane Jarecki says, “By putting your body into the shape of a tree or a stretching cat, by exploring the graceful wingspan of a bird, or the fluidity of the Sun Salute, by breathing with the same cyclical sense as the tides or with an ocean sound, you evoke a sense of harmony, timelessness, and connection to the universe.”

See you on the mat!


Kim Metz
RYT 200