For many of us, a new year represents a blank slate, a Tabula Rasa. Imagine being able to “refresh” any or all areas of your life. Now visualize this table with two columns, Yes and No. You create your truest life by thoughtfully choosing what goes in the No column and what is a Yes. Everything you say YES to and everything you say NO to matters. What if your yes’s and no’s were tabulated and at the end of a day, week, year, lifetime, you could see how the data, otherwise known as your life, balanced out?
Think of it like playing a game. Each morning, start with a wide-open YES in your heart and make room on the table. As you go through your day making decisions, interacting with others and living your life, be aware of what you say No to and what Yes is automatically created out of that No. Conversely, what do you say Yes to and what is the No side of that decision? Before you go to sleep, check in with yourself and see if you feel balanced. You already posses the winning pieces of confidence, clarity, and integrity, so use them as you play.
No Table Yes is a pose we use to teach kids these concepts to kids. It is on the fourth floor, Balance Beam, of our Elevator Series. This floor represents the heart chakra. Balance begins with centering and softening the heart. Winning pieces in the game of life are cultivated in the heart. Courage and determination can’t be found in a textbook. Compassion and connection grow from the inside and only then can be expressed outwardly. When our heart chakra is open, these qualities can inform our mind and through our Yes’s and No’s, we create and live our truest life.
Prepare to find freedom within boundaries. Say yes to life by breathng fully and expansively. Exhale and come on to your hands and knees shoulder width apart. Ground your clawed hands and your left shin to the earth. Inhale and curve your spine, bringing your right knee and forehead together. Hug into your basement. Say “No!” to your fears, doubts and old habits that are not serving you well. Exhale “Yes!” to something new as you stretch your head up and lift your right leg straight behind you. Keep your hips level. Inhale an bring your knee to forhead. “No!” Create boundaries. Establish confidence in what you believe. Keep the sides of your neck long. Exhale “Yes!” as you kick back. Feel free and expansive. Open to your possibiities. Your spine arches and curves as you continue with the right leg three more times. Try it fast, slow, soft and loud. Repeat five times with your left leg.
Dr. Suess’s “The FOOT Book” is a delightful tribute to the diverse and multifaceted world of feet. In honor of his fun and quirky rhymes, I have put my best foot forward here, in a whimsical approach to show how to work your feet. When you keep your feet in line, you will stay in line. Clearly listen to your feet and discover where they tend to go. Do they turn out or in? Are they crooked? Do you tend to have low back pain or knee pain? Often this can be traced to your feet.
When you have clarity in your feet, your life will be sweet.
As Abraham Lincoln said “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”
Make your feet parallel. Press down on the four corners of each foot.
Connect your sitting bones to the center of your heels to your forth and fifth toes. That’s your stability line, the bottom shelf, your foundation.
Connect your inner thighs* to your top ankle to your inner three toes. That’s your mobility line, the slide, that rocks you forward. Squeeze your inner thighs together for more balance.
Practice with standing poses, balancing poses and your day to day postures you find yourself in.
*It’s actually your inner pubis. I love how Dr. Suess made up words when he needed to. The word pubis contracts many folks, particularly teens. So, I’m asking you, dear Grounded Ones to come up with a nonsense word for pubis.
stop foot, stop foot
go foot, go
sitting bones to heel
to forth and fifth toe
stable foot, stable foot,
free foot, free
inner thigh to ankle
to toes one, two three
hip foot, thigh foot,
low foot, high foot
bottom foot top foot
go foot stop foot
heel foot ankle foot
feet, feet, feet
how much balance can you greet?
slow feet, quick feet.
still feet, slide feet
bide, feet, glide feet
shelf feet, shined feet
Here comes aligned feet.
His feet, her feet
Fuzzy fur feet
On the mat and on the street
how much balance can you greet?
Up in the air feet
over a chair feet
mystery unwraps feet
no more collapsed feet
create more integrity in your feet!
here comes more and more and more clear feet!
Stop foot. Go foot.
Feet. feet. feet.
Oh, how balanced you will greet.