10 ways to ground yourself in a yoga practice

10 ways to ground yourself in a yoga practice

by November 15, 2012

Grounding is basically calming down, trying to move away from being “up in the clouds” or “spacey” and being present in the here and now. Grounding can counteract anxiety and stress, and improve your focus. Here are a few ways to ground yourself:

1. Mountain Pose

Press your feet into the ground in Mountain Pose. As you extend your body to lift up, also focus on pushing down through your feet.

2. Tree Pose

Tree Pose can be very grounding because you envision yourself as a strong, sturdy tree that is connected to the earth. While you are extending your spine and sometimes reaching your arms (or branches) toward the sky, you are also grounding with your feet, and you can imagine roots growing from your feet into the ground.

3. Chair Pose

When you squat in Chair Pose, you bring focus, circulation, strength and energy to your bottom half, which can help with grounding.

4. Forward Bends

Standing forward bends and seated forward bends bring your upper half to the ground and bring your attention to grounding.

5. Twists

In twists, like Bharadvaja’s Twist or Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, you ground your sitting bones, plus the twisting action is very calming.

6. Warrior II

Warrior II pose is highly focused on strength and balance in your legs; this focus on the lower body is grounding.

7. Downward Facing Dog

This pose is calming with the blood flow to the brain in the slight inversion. Also, you distribute your body’s weight between your hands and feet, pressing into the ground and with your focus on the ground.

8. Child’s Pose

In Child’s Pose, you bring your forehead to the ground and your entire focus is toward the ground. This pose is very calming and restorative.

9. Corpse Pose

During Corpse Pose, perform guided relaxation where you imagine each part of your body, starting at the toes and working your way up, relaxing and melting into the floor.

10. Meditation

Sometimes meditation can be the other extreme from grounding because it brings your mind away from your body and this earth. However, meditation can provide different experiences depending on your intentions. If you are trying to ground yourself, perform some guided imagery during the session. Imagine your feet growing roots that slowly spread through the earth. Don’t let yourself float away, but be present with thoughts of nature and the earth during this meditation.

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