Yoga as Inquiry: How to Bond with the Earth

Heather Sage
Jul 14, 2017 · 5 min read

“The body itself is intelligent and aware, down to the cellular level.” The Awakening Body, Reggie Ray

The trouble is that we live in our minds too much to see it, feel it, know it. Unless we take our attention there, we are completely unaware.

The Arriving Sequence/Bonding with the Earth

Practice Overview

In this practice we’ll be lying on all sides of the body for equal amounts of time — supine (on the back), side lying (each side) and prone (on the belly). Set a timer for 8 to 40 minutes. I use an app called Insight Timer because it allows me to set bell intervals. (If you set an eight minute timer, you schedule the bells two minutes apart to allow for all four sides of the body. If you set a 40 minute timer, you’ll set them ten minutes apart — and so on.)

INSTRUCTIONS for each of the four sides of the body

PRONE (on your back): lie on a yoga mat, or directly on the floor. (I prefer the latter as I tend toward minimalism and simplicity — it allows me to do the sequence anywhere and anytime without props. I also have hard wood floors and enjoy connecting with the natural material of wood and it’s healing properties.) Take the same position you would for Final Resting Pose (Savasana) in yoga. You can place a bolster or rolled up blanket behind the knees to take pressure off of the lower back. Legs are resting gently on bolster/the floor, slightly splayed comfortably. Arms are down to sides with palms up if that feels comfortable.

FOCUS as you lie on each side of the body

Begin long, slow, deep breaths — in through the nose, out through the nose. Pay attention to all of the places resting on the Earth. Notice places that are pulling away from the Earth, and places that are relaxed down. (I’ll explain these concepts in greater detail in subsequent posts, but for now just notice tension and relaxation.)


Heather is a writer and yoga educator. Writing is part of her daily spiritual practice and she shares (almost) daily as she works on her first book. Change your perspective. Subscribe for a dose of inspiration straight to your inbox that can be read in 4 minutes or less, or receive a FREE 15 minute Rotation of Consciousness Practice to calm yourself, get out of your mind and drop into the body.

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