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by Catherine Litwinski July 11, 2017

We hear the word ‘grounded’ a lot during yoga practice so much so that most of the time we do not take a moment to stop and think about the significance.

We are so busy each and every day with so many things and spend so much of our time thinking. This thinking is generated upwards in our minds creating an imbalance and stress – what I like to call ‘scatterbrain moments.’

The practice of yoga helps us redirect that scatterbrain energy downwards towards our feet – literally. We hear it through some of the cues like “connect your hands and/or feet to the ground” or “root down.” Think about it: the saying is ‘calm down’ not ‘calm up.’

Here are some yoga poses to get you out of your head and grounded into the earth:

Warrior II: This pose not only creates a lot of heat, but also helps us to feel stable and steady – not only physically but emotionally as well.

Triangle Pose: Also known as Trikonsana, which has the same stabilizing effects as Warrior II; however, the twisting action in this pose brings out a light feeling around the heart area. A little tip: a block is a great aid in this pose.

 

Mountain Pose: “When in doubt, stand in your true north.” Tadasana gives you a chance to feel steady and powerful. When you stand with your eyes closed and your arms open to the earth – a soothing feeling just flows through your body.

 

Tree Pose:The balancing action in this pose allows you to calm down and to surrender to the moment. Imagine being a tree and your arms raised up to the sky like branches. Try doing this pose on a block and dial it up by closing one or both eyes.

 

Child’s Pose: Not only is this a great pose to come to rest and resetting, it is also a pose that helps you to feel supported and connected to the earth.

 

Savasana:Who doesn’t love to end a practice with this pose? Your entire body is connected to the ground and you are letting go of what is no longer needed anymore.

 

These are just some of the poses that can help you feel connected to the earth. Pair these poses with your breath to give you a sense of tranquility and grounding.

Catherine Litwinski
Catherine Litwinski

Catherine runs on caffeine, one liners, Nutella and positive thoughts. With a background in Communications, writing comes swiftly for her. When she's not running for the train, you'll find Catherine on her mat contemplating her next pose goal.