There is a concept in yoga known as “coming from your center”. It means to be you and only you. It encourages you to know who you are completely, and be proud to share that with the world.
Coming from your center also refers to grounding yourself in your body. Not only does it intend for you to be comfortable in your own skin, but it also signifies carrying yourself with good posture, shoulders down, chest broad, with pride. (See below and, for more, see Sit Up Straight).
When you come from your center, you work in unison with the divine, and life becomes easy. Your heart and your mind remain open to possibility. You know your path, and you are aware that you are on your path.
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E.E. Cummings
To come from your center allows you to own all parts of yourself completely. You do not know fear, and anxiety and stress become easy to deal with.
Please do not be afraid to be you! You are a miracle. You have something special to share with the world. You are here to spread joy to the people who love you. There is nothing to fear here.
Walk Proudly: Proper Standing Posture
- Stand with the feet hips width apart.
- Root down through the big toe mound, and press firmly through all four “corners” of the foot. Literally, bend your knees and press into the floor with the whole of your foot.
- The weight of your body should be balanced over both of your feet in their entirety.
- Lift up on the inner arches, which activates the quadriceps.
- The quads should be engaged, which pulls the knee caps up toward the face. If there is pain behind your knees, it means you are hyperextending through your knees. Simply keep a micro bend there if there is pain.
- The hips are square and the tailbone tucks under slightly to even out the bowl of the pelvis.
- The lower abs engage to protect the low back. In yoga, this is called engaging mula bandha, or the root lock, where we also slightly lift up on the pelvic walls.
- The core pulls in toward the spine to hold the spine erect, but not so strictly that you alter your ability to breath. If the belly button pulls in toward the spin and up toward the face, you have engaged uddiyana bandha, or the flying up lock.
- The shoulders circle up toward the ears on an inhale and then relax down the back on an exhale.
- The collar bones remain broad (no internal rotation of the should joint).
- The shoulder blades slightly hug in toward one another to remain broad through the collar bones and to keep the shoulders depressed.
- The chin floats parallel to the ground.
- Lift up through the crown of the head.
Tadasana – Mountain Posture