Asana Element: July Practices
Lungs & Feet 

Reflexology teaches us of a neurological intersectionality of our feet and our lungs. This connection can be accessed via massaging the feet, either with hands or by rolling a ball along the soles of the feet. Sensation of the fetet provides stability and feeling through the feet. It also, interestingly enough, deepens the breath and provides a greater sense of sensitivity. 

It may interest you to notice the soles of the feet and the lungs have a very similar shape (kidney bean shaped). 

Click here for Foot Anatomy Meditation for learning about the 4 Corners of the Feet and preparing for the following sequence. 

Once the 4 Corners of your Feet are awakened and connected to your lungs, here is a standing sequence to try for experiencing this consciousness. 

The Sequence: Lungs to Feet

Buoyant and Rooted 

Begin in Tadasana. Feel into the 4 Corners of the Feet by pressing them into the earth together, then individually. Shift your weight gently clockwise, then counter-clockwise around the Four Corners (Mound of Big Toe, Mound of Little Toe, Inner Heel, Outer Heel). 

Then come up gently on your toes, which is also the reflexology point for the lungs. Discovery where you most feel the breath as you inhale and come up on the toes several times, exhale and settling your weight back into your heels as you press into the Four Corners to balance and stand with stability and presence. 

 

Repeat several times. You can use a chair or the wall if you like to deepen your explorations. 

 

The Heel connects to the backbody, and therefore the back lobes of the lungs.  

The Big Toe, Second and Third toes, the Ankle foot, connects with the front body, and therefore the front lobes of the lungs (Mid-Lobes and Upper Lobes). 

Use your hands to help you feel into the breath as you change the body shape and therefore the way the breath and sensation is experienced. 

Ukatasana (Whew-kah-tah-san-nah):

Chair or Powerful Pose

The front of the foot is connected to the front lobes of the lungs. 

The heels are connected to the back lobes of the lungs. 

Experience Uktasana within this Feet to Lungs connection.

How would you describe your experience? 

What feels buoyant? What feels rooted? 

Come to Tadasana and refresh. 

Utanasana (Whew-tahn-ah-san-nah):

Standing Forward Fold

The front of the foot is connected to the front lobes of the lungs. 

The heels are connected to the back lobes of the lungs. 

Experience Utanasana within this Feet to Lungs connection.

How would you describe your experience? 

What feels buoyant? What feels rooted? 

Come to Tadasana and refresh. 

References: 

Aposhyan, S. M. (2007). Natural intelligence: Body-mind integration and human development. Now Press.

Clark, Lisa. (2018).  www.embodiyogalisaclark.com 

Morrissey, Becky. (2020). Personal Journal Writings. 

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