The Top 3 Yoga Practices to Ground Yourself

    Science wisely tells us that the earth has an infinite supply of charges, both
positive and negative. That is why every electric connection ever made is
connected to the earth or “grounded” to stabilize the supply of charges.

In the same way, every person interacts with internal and external energies
and needs to be grounded to Mother Earth to maintain stability. When you
are well-grounded, you will be calm, focused, and fully aware of what is
going on around you.

Being unbalanced tends to make us stressed, tired, worn out, and prone to
building castles in the air.

Yoga is itself a grounding practice in that it helps you get in tune with
yourself and the cosmos at large. However, one of the most beneficial
things you can do every day is to ground yourself and reconnect
consciously, spiritually, and even physically to the Earth.

Here are three ways you can do that.

1. Easy Pose (Sukhasana)
Start off easy with the seated Easy Pose. This is best done outside in the
open where you can sit comfortably on soft ground and connect with
directly to the earth. To do the easy pose:

● Sit in a comfortable, cross-legged position by tucking your feet into
each other and with the knees in a lower position than the hips. You
will feel yourself “locking” into place as the body finds its natural
curve. *In case your knees are still level or above your hips, you can place a
blanket or bolster under your sit bones.

● Have an even balance on the ground from your heels to your bum.
As your sit bones press into the ground, you will actually feel the
connection to the ground. You can take the time to also practice Nadi
Shodhana Pranayama (Nostril Breathing). This will help immensely with
calming you down, relaxing the body, and slowing down the brain. In effect,
it helps you to balance your mental and spiritual state as well.
Try placing your right hand over your heart center and the other on the
ground beside you to improve the Earth connection. Hold it for as long as
you need to, and feel the negative energy flow away and you become filled
with positivity and strength once again.

2. Warrior Pose II (Virabhadrasana)
Named for Virabhadra, a fierce incarnation of Shiva having a thousand
heads, eyes, feet, and wielding a thousand clubs, the Warrior II pose is a
root chakra pose meant to build strength and stamina while inducing
incredible balance.

The strength needed to hold this pose helps you to collect yourself
mentally, physically, and spiritually and channel that energy downwards to
the Earth. This pose starts with the Mountain (Tadasana) Pose.

For the Tadasana,

● Stand with the bases of our big toes touching each other with the
heels slightly apart

● Scan your body in one continuous movement

  • Start by spreading your toes without gripping the floor
  • Slightly bend at the knees (to avoid locking the joint) and tighten your thighs
  • Draw in your belly button
  • Stack your shoulders over your hips
  • Turn your palms open to the front without puffing up the chest
  • Relax the shoulders and let them fall away from your ears
  • Breathing easily and consciously throughout

With that done, it’s time for the Warrior II,

● Turn the right foot slightly to the right and the left one slightly to the
left at an angle of 90. Align your heels.

● Firm both thighs and turn the left one outwards to bring the center of
the kneecap in line with the center of the left ankle

● Exhale and bend the left knee over the left ankle, bringing the shin
perpendicular to the floor.

● Bring the left thigh parallel to the floor if you can

● Strengthen the right leg and press its outer heel firmly on the floor

● Stretch your arms away from your shoulder blades to counteract the
downward movement. Bring them parallel to the floor and keep the shoulders directly above the pelvis

● Press the tailbone slightly toward the pubis

● Turn the head toward the left and look out over your fingers

Hold this pose for a minute, then repeat the motion to rest on the left foot.

3. Corpse Pose (Savasana)

The easiest pose to hold is actually the hardest one to master, so they say.
The corpse pose involves connecting full-length to the ground and letting
go completely, while remaining in the moment and avoiding the urge to slip
away.

Unlike a simple relaxation, this one requires full engagement of all your
faculties, which is what makes it so hard. What makes it so useful for
grounding is that, apart from the full physical connection to Earth, it forces
you to come into contact with your true self.

To practice Savasana:

● Place the body in neutral by lying flat

  • Start by sitting on the floor with the knees bent and feet flat on the mat
  • Lean back onto your forearms and lift your pelvis slightly
  • With the hands, push the back of the pelvis toward the tailbone and return the pelvis toward the floor
  • Inhale and slowly extend the right leg, then the other, while pushing through the heels. Release both legs and soften the groin
  • Angle the legs evenly relative to the torso’s middle and turn them out at an angle.

● Lift the base of the skull away from the back of the neck and release
the back of the neck toward the tailbone. You can also use a folded
blanket for this, and then broaden the base of the skull. Each ear
should be at the same distance from the shoulders.

● Reach your arms toward the ceiling and perpendicular to the floor.
Rock slightly and broaden the back ribs and shoulder blades away
from the spine, then settle back in.

● Release your arms to the floor angled to the torso

● Turn the arms outward and rest the backs of the hand on the floor as
close to you as you comfortably can.

The final part of this pose is to relax the sensory organs such as the eyes,
nose, tongue, and ears. Soften the root of the tongue, the wings of the
nose, the forehead, and the inner ears. Let the brain fall away to the back
of the head and the eyes roll into the back of the head to look into the
heart.

Release yourself into the Earth with this pose and feel yourself being
embraced.

 

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