As we continue with social distancing to protect ourselves and others during a pandemic, we have become more aware with this idea of “taking up space” in the world. This sequence is designed to help you safely inhabit both internal and external space.

How does your physical body feel in the space you are in at the present moment? Do you feel as if you can truly take up space where you are in this current moment?

Taking up space has become a popular topic in the last few months. Whether it’s because of social distancing measures or an increased focus on including more voices from the BIPOC community in the national conversation, taking up space looks radically different than before. I’ve been practicing this breath-focused sequence in order to center and prepare myself before I hold space out in the world. Before and during each pose, take a deep inhale and exhale to find more spaciousness within and without. 


See also How to Remain Steady in Crisis and Conflict. 

This year, Yoga Journal’s annual ambassador road trip—the Live Be Yoga Tour—is going virtual. We are calling it The Decompression. Recently, we’ve all been asked to journey inward, to take moments of pause and stillness, and to slow down, rest, and prioritize the things we value. Follow the Live Be Yoga 2020 series here, stay connected with us at @livebeyoga on social, and join the movement to find beauty in stillness.

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