“To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love”
Have you felt scattered lately? It could very well be the new moon or, if you’re in the New England area, then all that intense amount of snow. We’re always faced with challenges. Mine right now is feeling off-balance thanks to the snow. It’s causing delays, traffic, kids home from school, and obstacles with my business. It can be hard when things are beyond our control and we feel helpless about it.
But are we really helpless? How do we stay grounded when things feel overwhelming?
It’s at this time that I find there are a few things you can do.
Yoga restores the balance, brings things in sync, and brings a calm that you can find on and off your mat. Here are a few of my favorite grounding poses.
Knees to outer edge of mat
Sit back onto heels
Forehead onto mat or block
Arms by side or overhead
This is yoga’s resting pose. I love to start off my practice here. It helps center me and focus on my breath. It can also restore calm, and help you feel grounded after challenging poses. And it’s a great teacher of the lesson of surrendering to the world around you when you’re off your mat.
Front foot points, knee over ankle
Back leg strong, back foot at 45 degree angle as the outer edge presses into the mat
Hips are square forward
Shoulders relax down back
Arms by ears, pinky fingers rotate in slightly
Front food points forward, knee over ankle
Back foot at 90-degree angle
Hips are open
Arms are at shoulder height, gaze forward
Belly in and up
Energy through fingers
These poses are great reminders of the strength you have inside. When you hold the pose, breath helps you find the calm even when it may get challenging. It’s such an important lesson in life!
Front foot points straight ahead, back foot at 45-degree angle
Front foot aligned with back heel
Shoulders stack on top of each other
Lower hand to mat, shin or block
Fingertips towards the sky
Gaze toward fingertips
Like the warrior poses, this helps support the strength you have within. But also I find the pose’s opening of the heart to allow more love, joy, and peace into ones life.
When I’m meditating, I feel centered. I also believe that when you’re balanced, achieving this through diet, yoga, and meditation, there is synchronicity. Things just begin to flow. You attract good things and good people in your life, and you start to move toward your intentions. When you find yourself struggling, meditation can allow you to take a step back and gain perspective and a connection to your higher self.
Challenges present opportunities for growth. If you don’t take the time to sit with the challenge and bring awareness to it, it is hard to see them as opportunities. In most cases, challenges or obstacles give us the contrast we need to see things more clearly, as long as we allow it.
For more, see “Just Breathe”
Breath helps you get out of the mind and into the present moment. By focusing on the breath, we learn to self regulate, find peace, and calm our minds about whatever’s challenging us.
4. Nourish your body with vegetables and fruit:
Food can be measured in many ways… not only does for how nutritious it is, but also for the energy it creates in our body. Eating locally and organically gets us back to the source, which helps ground us. Eating foods that are close to the ground (such as root vegetables like beets, radishes, ginger, or sweet vegetables like sweet potatoes or yam, help us literally feel more connected to the earth). Quality proteins such as eggs and nuts also provide grounding energy to the body to balance it. I find Nourish Your Soul Juices juices such as our beet juice, green juices, or milks provide that balance that your body desires.
Grounding is incredibly important. It helps us build the foundation that supports us to create, grow, and ultimately, to bloom.