When I started practicing Yoga I learned the “root and rebound” concept. When I actually felt the rebound in my body, standing in the simplest asana like Tadasana with my feet rooting down and the energetic rebound going upward….
I fell in love.
I fell in love with that feeling of lightness in my body, that feeling of connecting to both earth and heaven energy, that feeling of “playing with gravity,” and it got me hooked to practicing Yoga which led me to teaching it.
Then, fast forward a few years, I attended my first Yin Yoga teacher training with my teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley.
That is when I heard Paul use the word “rebound” as well, but it was a different “rebound” from the “root and rebound” concept.
First of all, in a Yin Yoga pose, you are not rooting your body down like you would in a Yang pose because you are practicing yielding into gravity, so there is more of a sinking feeling while you are holding these poses for minutes at a time.
Once we come out of the long-held pose, Paul or Suzee would tell us to rest in a comfortable position and “feel the rebound” while keeping our body still and silent.
This meant feeling the effect of the pose once you come out of the pose with no expectations. Just receiving and observing the energetic rush and swirls and response that your body is feeling, which you will probably miss out on if you rushed to the next pose or if you didn’t pay attention.
I fell in love.
I fell in love with the indescribable sensations that arise in my body and how I almost feel hypnotized by them, sometimes making me not want to move for a very long time. I loved how it made me notice how there is something to feel AFTER you practice a Yoga pose, whether it is a Yin or Yang Yoga pose.
I sometimes describe it as taking a bite of something super yummy, closing your eyes, and savoring the after taste in your mouth…. or striking the singing bowl and listening to the reverberation until it feels like you can’t hear it anymore.
Which means there is a “rebound” to everything.
Last year when I went to attend a Yoga training with Paul to study the Yoga Sutras, the study and talk was sometimes too deep for my limited brain and it almost felt like I could feel the “????” hovering above my head… and maybe Paul saw them too because that is when he said “Just the way you don’t practice Yoga poses so you can MASTER them, it is okay if you are not grasping everything you hear. Just the fact that you are interested in studying this and opening up your mind to it is enough. Take in what you can and then feel the rebound.”
I must admit, these words made me tear up.
Partly because I can feel the panicked feeling of “not understanding everything” melt away, and partly because I thought it was so beautiful to think that there is even a rebound to receiving and studying a certain subject.
Since then, it seems like I feel the REBOUND in almost everything I do.
I am co-leading a “ROOT REBOUND REFLECTION” Yoga retreat with my dear friend and Yoga teacher Stacie Reeve. Please go to our website for more information and to sign up!