This week I have been thinking about what it means to be ‘grounded’.
First, I had to ask myself, what does being grounded actually mean to me?
The definition that speaks to me most is this one from an article on the Mind Body Green website. Being grounded “means that you’re present in your body and connected with the earth, allowing you to feel centred and balanced no matter what’s going on around you.”
Why is being grounded important?
We spend a lot of time in our heads, completely disconnected from our bodies. We worry about the past or the future and spend very little time in the present moment. We spend our lives on social media (she says writing a blog!) and neglect our self care. We are running on empty so when the crap hits the fan as it tends to do when we think “Hey, finally, I’ve got it sorted!” we have little by way of emotional and physical reserves to keep us going.
What can we do to feel more grounded?
I have realised that how we feel grounded is a very personal thing.
For me it is disconnecting from screens for long periods every day so I can focus on what I am actually doing in real life. I love spending time in the fresh air ideally in a beautiful space and build in some completely free time to potter or read. I don’t drink alcohol any more, it wasn’t planned, it just petered out over time and I feel so much more at peace mentally now. Don’t worry, I’m not saying you have to be teetotal, this is just what works for me. I also try and schedule in some myofascial bodywork every few months to work on my problem areas where I’ve retained stress and tension built up over the years. And, of course, my main go-to for feeling grounded is to practice yoga regularly!
In our yoga practice, breath work is key to feeling grounded and I would like to devote a blog to breathing another time. In the meantime, please watch this TED talk on breathing and mindfulness by one of my teachers, Jambo Truong. Jambo is one of my favourite yoga teachers and I stalk him at his workshops whenever I can.
With yoga poses, there is a grounding element in every pose, you just have to allow yourself to feel it. In your feet, your hands, your core, your entire body.
You may have a favourite pose that makes you feel especially connected with your body and grounded with the earth.
I like Child’s Pose as you entire centre sinks towards the earth, Downward Facing Dog as both hands and feet are working equally, Warrior 2 where you have a wonderful balance of being pulled horizontally and vertically and Tree Pose, for the feeling of being rooted into the earth and opened up skywards.
Take a moment and think about what being grounded means to you?
What are your favourite grounding yoga poses?
And what do you need to do every day to feel more grounded?
You know it, so just do it.
**You can read more about Jambo Truong and myofascial bodywork on his website www.jambodragon.com**