Get Set to Face the World with this gentle moving meditation from our Andrea Kwiatkowski. Drawing on elements of earth, fire, air and water for inspiration, use this sequence to you ease through your day.
- Stand with feet well apart and turned out. Hands together in prayer position at chest level. (Thinking “the spirit in me greets the spirit in you”). Bend slightly forward in greeting.
- Return to upright position and warm the hands (Spirit) to the world, reaching forward.
- Take the hands down to the earth, bending the knees and keeping the heels flat. Make a scooping movement and lift up the hands overhead, palms turned to the front.
- Clean the spirit in flowing water, bending the body gently to either side.
- Bring hands side by side overhead once more, and lean slightly backwards. Make a big circling movement with the arms (purifying the Spirit in air) and fold arms across chest with palms resting on front of shoulders.
- Twist to the right and reach upwards. Pull the hands down strongly to the floor, bending the right knee. (Taking negative thoughts down into fire). Stretch the fingers and reach up to the right again stretching the arms. Twist to the left and repeat the sequence.
- Turn to face the front with hands reaching overhead, side by side, palms facing backwards. Bring the hands down in front of the body (Spirit moving down through body centres) and bend to the floor with knees straight. Let head and hands hang loosely.
- Cross the wrists and draw hands towards the body in a cupping movement. Raise the cupped hands through the body centres and reach high above head, forming the hands into a lotus or chalice shape.
- Thinking of the chalice or lotus as a symbol of enlightenment fill it with loving compassion, opening the fingers and thumbs wide. Present the spirit to the intellect (at brow level) and then to the heart centre.
- Then present it to the world, spreading the hands outward as you do so in a giving gesture.
This post was written by Andrea Kwiatkowski, an Advanced Jivamukti certified teacher. She also teaches Yin yoga and Restorative yoga. Andrea is known for her deep philosophical message in her class, interweaving the teachings from the scriptures and making them practical for everyday living. She lives and teaches in Cambridge and runs retreats and workshops in the UK and abroad.