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.