Getting Centered Using Mountain Pose
Mountain Pose is a wonderful yoga technique that can get you centered. In the quote above, Les Brown talks about getting centered to calm your nerves down. This is probably nothing that you don’t know, except a reminder.
Some everyday activity that may get you centered without you realizing it can be:
A: Playing basketball and going to the free throw line, that moment just before you shoot, you probably centered yourself.
B: Getting in a huddle for any kind of sports activity, you may have centered yourself.
C: Prayer an excellent way to get centered.
Getting centered can help you get through many of life challenges, that you may experience physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. When you are centered, you may feel calm and having a sense of power
Carol Robin, says that meditation is one very effective way to get more familiar with your center. Regular meditation teaches you where it is, what it feels like and how to get back to where you don’t feel temporarily lost.
Through a committed practice we can begin to take the principles of Mountain Pose into our life, grounding down, becoming present, and clearing the path for expansion. From this place of awareness we can begin to step out into a new adventure or tackle a challenging situation with a greater sense of confidence.
How to Center Yourself
Coming back Mountain Pose, practicing it can allow you to move from the place of informal observation of the mind and body to a more formal place of observation. According to Hope Knosher …
Centering can be done at any time in the flow of a yoga practice or on its own throughout the day, steadying the mind and body and bringing a calm focus to the one practicing.
Stand with the feet hip-width apart and take in a few deep, complete breaths. Keep your arms down with your fingers extended and triceps firm. Check to make sure your feet are facing straight ahead. Search for equanimity in your balance. Gently draw the muscles of the thighs closer to the bones of the thighs and bring the weight of your pelvis back, feeling your spine lift. Slightly engage the lower belly while lifting the heart and the crown of the head.
Draw your shoulder blades down slightly toward your waist and just slightly draw them together. Hold your head in such a way that your line of vision is parallel with the floor. For most this will call for a slight drop in the chin toward the chest. Let your attention rest on your breathing.
When standing in a balanced, open mountain pose, the breath will feel free and easy. Take 7 to 10 steady and smooth breaths. To work on balance, practice with the eyes closed. To come out of mountain pose, simply move into the next pose you are practicing or into your daily activities. Practice mountain pose throughout the day whenever you feel a need for centering.