Let’s spend this Fourth of July celebrating independence on two separate levels: our nation’s freedom as well as our individual independence—for without one, the other could not truly exist. When we couple this annual festivity with a little yoga, we can truly experience liberty and justice for all.
Standing postures are perfect for this holiday, as they were designed to cultivate strength and balance, two traits that foster personal independence. By connecting with the ground and deriving energy from the earth, we become empowered to stand firm on our own two feet (literally). When standing postures are practiced on a regular basis, the result is an energetically balanced person who is capable of tackling the world.
Since many of us will be seaside this Independence Day, this sequence is demonstrated directly in the sand—no yoga mat required! Practicing barefoot is crucial to grounding. It eliminates any and all barriers between you and the earth's nourishing energy, not to mention the fact that it will challenge your balance on a whole new level. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you!
If you don’t happen to find yourself at the beach this holiday, simply venture outside and find a soft spot in the grass. No matter where you are this Independence Day, make it a goal to channel personal independence by connecting with the earth.
After you have completed the following sequence on the right side of the body, repeat it in the same exact order on the left side. Be cognizant to hold each pose for the same amount of time on each side (5 to 10 breaths), ensuring a total body-balancing effect.