Yoga for When You're a Hot Mess: Week 2: Foundation Building Yoga Practice

Flow Description

In the first video of this series, our focus was connecting with our heart. For this second video, our focus is on digging deep before building tall. In the Gospels, Jesus warns against just building a house without first setting a deep foundation. I think this has great relevance for our lives today – we’re full of castle in the sky ideas, positive inspirational words that look beautiful on the outside, but without a deep secure foundation, the first storm that comes will destroy them.

This practice is a very grounding practice — full of poses and sequences that emphasize rooting down into the earth, using our bodies to connect to the earth to help our hearts find the courage to connect to it’s Maker. It’s a gentle practice that will challenge you to look beyond the external and dig deep into the foundation of your life, your faith, your dreams, and your yoga. 

Helpful props: 1 or 2 blocks (or a stack of hardcover books)

Scriptures

“If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.” {Luke 6:48-49}

Questions

  1. What would it look like, for the next few minutes, to turn your attention away from the fancy, successful, well-liked, put-together house you’re building, and instead, turn your attention to its foundation?
  2. God, will you give me a picture, word, or sound to describe the foundation of my life right now?

Prayer

“When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good, I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games…

To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God’s grace means…” {Brendan Manning, Ragamuffin Gospel}

Holy Spirit, help me have the courage and wisdom to bring what’s in the dark into the light. I know I can trust you God, it’s safe to bring all of me before you. I want to know more of our grace, so help me understand more of my need.

Caroline Williams

Caroline Williams Yoga, PO Box 323, New York, NY