The feet are the part of the body assigned to Pisces. All over India the footprints of the Buddha are worshipped at holy shrines. In ancient times there were stones dedicated to Isis and Venus marked with footprints, meaning “I have been here.” Egyptians, Babylonians, and other ancient peoples considered it essential to step on sacred ground with bare feet in order to absorb the holy influences. Dedicating a yoga practice to focusing on the feet is always fruitful and can incorporate elements such as grounding, alignment, rootedness, connection to the earth, the pull of gravity, and finding support from the earth beneath our feet.
In this post I'll share with you the Blossoming Feet Visualisation. It's the go-to practice when you need grounding (and who doesn't at the moment!). It's also wonderfully relaxing as it induces a calming breathing pattern. You can find this exercise in the Pisces-inspired yoga practice, in the Yoga by the Stars book. In it we focus on the feet, beginning the practice with the Blossoming Feet Visualisation, and then we keep coming back to an awareness of the feet blossoming on the exhalation when holding each yoga pose.
Blossoming Feet Visualisation
Lying on your back, bend your knees, both feet on the floor and about hip width apart. Bring your awareness to the soles of your feet and picture a flower at the centre of the foot. Imagine that each of your exhalations travels all the way down to the feet, and at the end of the exhalation there is a sense of opening and blossoming at the soles of the feet. Then, silently repeat the affirmation a few times: A flower blossoms with each breath.
The rest of the Pisces-inspired Yoga Practice can be found in the Yoga by the Stars book.
See also the Pisces Page of this website.
Hello, I am Jilly Shipway, the author of Yoga Through the Year, and my forthcoming book Yoga by the Stars. In this Yoga by the Stars blog I will share with you zodiac-inspired yoga insights and inspiration. I also have another blog on my Yoga Through the Year website.