Whether you’re at your yoga class or even in the classroom, it’s not uncommon to hear someone talk about “getting grounded.” But what does that really mean?
In practice, grounding is a three part mechanism – 1) It’s a physical connection we need to the earth, 2) It’s a mental shift from being out-of-focus to centered and in-the-moment, and 3) It’s whatever brings your mind and body to be at ease!
Grounding yourself is all about being in the moment and allowing yourself to feel and be in the here and now. It allows us to take a step back, take a deep breath, and focus on YOU for that very moment (no matter where you are).
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I definitely have those days where my thoughts are racing, I can’t focus, and am too preoccupied by fleeting thoughts. It takes great inner strength to reign myself back in. Those are the days that I step outside and ground myself in one of two ways – by doing yoga or by earthing.
Yoga is an AMAZING way to ground yourself. More than anything else, this sort of grounding allows you to center your mind, release any anxiety you may have, and physically connect to the earth. Certain yoga poses are especially helpful in rooting your body to the earth. The root chakra, in particular, is based entirely on your body’s connection to the earth. Without it, we lose our charge.
When using yoga as a grounding mechanism, you rely on both your connection to the earth and your mental focus to stay balanced. Here are a few that I find especially helpful in balancing myself (both physically and mentally):
1) Tree pose
2) Downward Facing Dog
3) Mountain pose
4) Child’s Pose – my favorite!
But what if yoga isn’t your thing? What if you don’t want to (or don’t have the time to) get out and do these poses? How else can you get grounded?
Remember, grounding is what works for YOU. Just because tree pose works to ground and center someone else, doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Grounding isn’t only a physical mechanism, it’s psychological too. The best way to ground yourself is to look inward. Focus your energy on that very moment.
When yoga isn’t an option for me, I step outside and take off my shoes. Remember the first part of grounding that I mentioned above? It’s physical. Our bodies desperately need to be in touch with the earth. It’s what nurtures us as humans – keeps us alive, energized, and amazed by what the natural world has to offer. Far too often we spend our waking lives inside, insulated, and disconnected from the earth. This disconnect can be detrimental to our health in many ways.
As a physical mechanism, grounding is possible by stepping outside. When our bodies are in direct contact with the earth’s surface, we absorb the healthy electrons that are available to us. These electrons act as natural antioxidants, stabilizing/neutralizing the harmful free radicals that build up in our bodies (as a result of inflammation, toxins, stress, EMFs, etc.).
In the science world, this is known as grounding or earthing – to most of us, we call it walking barefoot.
Take a moment out of your day to step outside and be one with the earth beneath you. When going barefoot isn’t an option though, earthing shoes can help. By placing copper dots through the outsole, Juil shoes connect you directly to the earth’s surface. By maintaining that direct connection, your body is able to absorb the earth’s healing power that it needs.
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